We found 4 providers with an interest in skin grafting and who accept HealthSmart near Los Altos, CA.

Dr. Roy W Hong, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
715 Altos Oaks Drive
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Roy Hong's specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Hong has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and dermabrasion. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hong accepts. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Dr. Johnny Tzer-Ren Chang, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
715 Altos Oaks Drive
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Johnny Chang is a plastic surgery specialist in San Carlos, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Los Altos, CA. These areas are among Dr. Chang's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and radiesse. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chang trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. He is conversant in Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chang's office for an appointment.

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Dr. John Patrick Connolly III, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
715 Altos Oaks Drive
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. John Connolly's area of specialization is plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Connolly is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Connolly attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Connolly is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Cindy Lee Russell, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
715 Altos Oaks Drive
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Cindy Russell is a plastic surgeon in Mountain View, CA and Los Altos, CA. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Russell is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Russell is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Russell attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine.

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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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