Dermal grafting refers to a skin grafting procedure that is used for treating acne scars. During the procedure any depressed spots are levelled with the help of patient’s natural skin tissues. By levelling the scar depressions, the procedure helps enhance an individual’s overall skin texture with no need of using implants or fillers.
During the procedure, the surgeon numbs a section of the area behind the patient’s ear using local anaesthesia. After that, a small piece of collagen-rich dermis is extracted before closing the incision site.
After stitching up the incision, the surgeon makes a small stab incision in the scarred area for placing the dermal grafts. These grafts are placed underneath the depressed scar so that the scar surface could be elevated.
In this procedure, there is minimal dermis absorption because the graft placed is harvested from the patient’s own skin. Dermis transplant is a long-term solution as the results produced by the dermal grafting last for an extended time period. In comparison to other procedures where collagen or fillers are injected into the skin, acne scar removal through dermal grafting tends to be more complex and must be performed with extreme precision.
Depending on the number of scars and the area to be treated, this procedure takes approximately an hour to complete. The patient is allowed to go home right after the procedure is completed.
After the procedure, one may be able to resume their routine activities in just a couple of days. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for at least one week.
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