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Skin graft - series—Normal anatomy

Normal anatomy


The skin covers the entire body, and acts as a protective barrier. Skin grafts may be recommended for:

  • extensive wounds
  • burns
  • specific surgeries that may require skin grafts for healing to occur.

The most common sites of harvest for skin grafts are the buttocks and inner thigh, areas which are usually hidden and therefore cosmetically less important.

Review Date 1/28/2013

Updated by: John A. Daller, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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