Eur J Plast Surg (2013) 36:467–468 DOI 10.1007/s00238-013-0825-4 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Virve Koljonen & Olli Pietikäinen & Junnu Leikola Received: 10 February 2013 /Accepted: 9 March 2013 /Published online: 21 March 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013 Sir, flattened out by placing tension on the clips and moving them To obtain good quality split-thickness skin grafts with uniform in the desired direction. The force needed to flatten the area is thickness and regular edges, it is essential to keep the donor substantial, the assistants need to really pull the clips, which area even and tightly stretched during graft harvesting. can be seen in Fig. 1. However, we have not experienced Failure to achieve this may lead to skin grafts with skin/subcutaneous tears in the insertion site. This may be due uneven thickness, irregular or serrated edges and possibly to a bite into the subcutaneous tissue. We believe that if the unintentional fenestrations. bite would only include the skin, the force needed to pull the Many variations on how to apply tension to the harvesting harvesting site would result in a tear. The desired split-thick- site exist. By manual method, an assistant applies steady ness sheets of grafts are easily
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 1, 2013
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