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Stavrou Demetris MD - Burn injury

Plastic Surgery For Burn Victims Skin Graft Surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta

The consequences of a burn injury can be disastrous for patients. Apart from cosmetic concerns, burns can also cause severe functional impairments to burn victims.

The immediate and accurate burn treatment is critical and typically involves surgical treatments and the right type of wound dressing after the surgery.

What Is Skin Graft Surgery?

Burn injury is a multifactorial disease that requires immediate treatment to avoid possible complications in the future.

Doctors specialized in reconstructive plastic surgery can perform burn defect reconstruction using skin transplant (skin graft), local flaps or tissue expanders, depending on the extent and complexity of the burn injury. 

A skin graft is a part of skin removed from an unaffected, healthy body area and transplanted or attached to the burned area to cover the defect. The reason the skin graft is taken from the patient’s own body is to eliminate the risk of transplant rejection.

The most common body sites to take skin grafts are the inner thigh and buttocks, where scars are not easily visible.

What Does Skin Graft Plastic Surgery Involve?

Step 1: Anesthesia

The first procedural step is general anesthesia performed by a certified anesthesiologist. 

Step 2: Split-Thickness & Full-Thickness Skin Graft

The plastic surgeon takes healthy tissue from another body area called the donor site. There are many types of skin grafting, such as allograft, mesh graft, autograft, sheet grafts or split thickness autograft (STAG). Some of them are temporary, while others are permanent. The two most common permanent procedures of skin grafting are the below:

  • Split-Thickness Skin Graft

The plastic surgeon removes two top skin layers from the epidermis of the donor site, as well as the layer under the epidermis – the dermis.

  • Full-Thickness Skin Graft

This skin grafting type is a more complex procedure that requires removal of the whole thickness of skin from the donor site, not only the top two layers. Ideal donor sites for full-thickness skin grafts are the abdominal, back, neck, and chest.

Step 3: Skin Graft Placement

The surgeon transplants the graft on the burned area and sutures it, or staples it, or covers it with a well-padded dressing to hold it in place. A sterile dressing covers the donor site for up to five days.

Recovery After Skin Graft Surgery

Reconstructive plastic surgery for burn victims requires either local or general anesthesia, depending on the type of the procedure. Treatment might need more than one stage to be complete.

Recovery also depends on the extent of the burn injury and the complexity of plastic surgery. For example, patients tend to recover faster after split-thickness skin grafting than full-thickness grafting. Patients who underwent full-thickness skin grafting may need to stay in the hospital for recovery. Light activities can start the next day after split-thickness grafting surgery.

Most patients need to wear a dressing that protects the trauma for a couple of weeks. They should also avoid doing any exercise that can injure or dislodge the skin graft. 

Skincare and sun protection are necessary during the healing period.

Where Will Skin Grafting for Burns Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs reconstructive plastic surgery for burn victims in accredited medical centers in Cyprus (Nicosia and Limassol), Greece (Athens) and Malta (Sliema).

The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses the most advanced medical equipment for reconstructive plastic surgery. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in reconstructive procedures. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for all of his patients.

After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff. 

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in an exclusive and luxurious environment.

Why Choose Dr. Demetris Stavrou As Your Trusted Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon?

Dr. Stavrou is an experienced, accredited and board-certified Plastic Surgeon, leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery in Cyprus since 2012. He was trained in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery in top Medical Institutions of Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel.

He has an artistic eye and extensive experience in providing proper treatment to burn victims, while ensuring a fast and painless recovery. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. 

For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in plastic surgery.

Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.”

Dr. Demetris Stavrou

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