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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 is a plastic surgery specialist. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mofid completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Mofid has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Mofid speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Cohen is a medical specialist in head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, botulinum toxin injection, and breast augmentation. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Cohen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Pratt is a specialist in plastic surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in La Jolla, CA and Escondido, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: plastic surgery procedures, glaucoma, and lacrimal (tearing system) surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pratt takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Pratt completed his residency training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 26
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,670
  • Medicare Cost: $868
Dr. Ritvik Prakash Mehta, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
9834 Genesee Avenue; Suite 111
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Ritvik Mehta is a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Mehta include endoscopic sinus surgery, dermabrasion, and skull base surgery. Dr. Mehta honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Mehta's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks Sindhi, Spanish, and Gujarati. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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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.