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

Dr. Roy Hong is a plastic surgery specialist in Palo Alto, CA and Los Altos, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hong include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Hong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hong honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Hong trained 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 practices plastic surgery in Palo Alto, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Los Altos, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and male tummy tuck. Dr. Chang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Chang welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. John Connolly is a plastic surgeon in Mountain View, CA, Los Gatos, CA, and Los Altos, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Connolly average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Connolly takes. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Connolly completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Cindy Russell's specialty is plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Russell include eyelid surgery, facelift, and thigh lift (thighplasty). Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Russell honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Russell completed a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Russell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Russell's office for an appointment.

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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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