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Dr. Mehrdad Mark Mofid, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
4150 Regents Park Row; Suite 300
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Mehrdad Mofid's area of specialization is plastic surgery. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency. Dr. Mofid's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Mofid has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Mofid is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Butt ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Roy Cohen, MD
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
4510 Executive Drive; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cohen sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is head & neck plastic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Cohen include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and breast augmentation. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Cohen has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Eyelid Retraction ... (Read more)

Dr. Ritvik Prakash Mehta, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
9834 Genesee Avenue; Suite 111
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Ritvik Mehta specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in La Jolla, CA, Carlsbad, CA, and Murietta, CA. His clinical interests include facial problems, eyelid surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Mehta takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Mehta (or staff) is conversant in Sindhi, Spanish, and Gujarati. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Mehta is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Sleep Disorders, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven G Pratt, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 310
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Steven Pratt works as a plastic surgeon and ophthalmologist. Dr. Pratt's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma, lacrimal (tearing system) surgery, and cosmetic procedures. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pratt's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Pterygium Surgery, Glaucoma, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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  • Volume: 26
  • Charge (avg.): $1,670
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $868

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What is Skin Grafting?

When a large area of skin is too damaged to heal, a skin graft may be used to protect the tissue underneath and reduce scarring. A layer of healthy skin is taken and moved to the injured area, where it is fixed in place. Skin grafts are used to treat burns, infections, large wounds, ulcers, and other significant problems that affect the skin.

There are several different types of skin graft, depending on where the donor skin is taken from:

  • Autografts, where healthy skin is taken from another place on the patient’s body
  • Allografts, where the donor skin is taken from another person or cadaver
  • Xenografts, which are harvested from animals and are used temporarily like a dressing to cover a wound
  • Synthetic grafts, which are made from non-biological materials, like silicone

In all cases, the skin graft may either be full-thickness or partial-thickness. While thicker grafts make recovery more difficult for the donor site, they heal more easily than thinner grafts.

Before skin graft surgery, you are given anesthesia so you cannot feel any pain. If using an autograft, the surgeon carefully measures and removes the skin from the donor site. Sometimes the graft is cut in a mesh-like pattern, to allow a small piece of donated skin to stretch and cover a larger area. This also helps oxygen pass through the graft. The site where the skin graft will go is cleaned well to remove any dirt, bacteria, or dead skin cells. Then the skin graft is placed and attached with stitches or staples. It is often covered with antibacterial ointment and supportive bandages for the first few days.

As the skin graft heals into its new position, new blood vessels grow to reach and support the skin. Depending on the thickness of the graft, oil glands, sweat glands, and hair follicles may also regrow. Recovery time depends on the thickness of the graft and the overall health of the skin in the grafted area, but it generally takes from two to four weeks.

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