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February 1966

Rehabilitation by Skin Grafting

Author Affiliations

From Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(2):120-134. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020122009

SKIN grafting has become such an integral part of all phases of head and neck surgery that the two subjects cannot be taken separately, either in regard to reconstruction or rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation by skin grafting in this anatomic area in particular requires the use of all plastic surgery principles regarding the application of grafts. This is especially true because of the variation and characteristics of the skin in the individual anatomic areas of the face and neck dramatized, for example, by the contrast between the thin delicate skin of the eyelids and the thick sebaceous skin of the lobule of the nose.

The purpose of this article is to review basic disciplines regarding technique and to acquaint the reader with my reasoning and clinical applications.

The use of skin grafts extends from otologic microsurgery to major replacements for tissue losses from trauma or radical resection.4,8-10 It has become essential