Wounds should not be taken lightly. Although you might want just to ignore them and hope they’ll go away on their own, that’s not always the best approach. It doesn’t matter how big or small, deep or shallow your wound is, you can get it taken care of here at Pacifico Plastic Surgery. We’re led by Dr. Biagio Pacifico, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs wound care in Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. And we can help you get back on the right track to healthy skin and happiness!
Although all surgeons can close wounds, many times it takes the skill of a plastic surgeon to improve the healing of the wound as well as reduce the scarring. Dr. Biagio Pacifico has the necessary skills, experience, and expertise to have your body looking beautiful again by reducing the appearance of wounds, especially when they’re large, jagged and difficult to cover. Here are the different types of wound care:
- Skin grafts
- Tissue expansion
- Flap procedure
And more! Learn more about our different types of wound care by contacting us today and find out which one would be best for you or a loved one.
Skin grafting is when skin is removed from one specific area of the body and transplanted to another place. This is often used for burn patients and those with similar injuries. There are two types of skin grafts:
- The split-thickness graft – Just a few layers of the skin are transplanted.
- The full-thickness graft – All layers of the of skin are transplanted.
During a skin graft, a special skin-cutting instrument, which is known as the dermatome, removes skin from a certain area of the body (typically the inner thigh or buttocks) and placed in the area that’s in need of covering. It’s held in place by a dressing and a few stitches.
The tissue expansion procedure allows your body to “grow” more skin for reconstructive reasons. The doctor will place an instrument called the “balloon expander” under a person’s skin in the area that’s in need of repair, and over time, the balloon will be gradually filled with saline solution, which causes the skin to stretch and grow. Once it’s developed, the skin is used to correct or reconstruct a damaged body part.
The flap procedure is similar also different from skin grafting. This technique, used in plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery, moves any kind of tissue is taken from a donor site to a recipient site. What separates flap procedures from skin grafting procedures is the fact the blood supply remains intact during the flap procedure. If you’ve suffered tissue loss in any area of your body, then you may be a good candidate for this type of surgery. Many types of injuries might require a flap procedure, and at Pacifico Plastic Surgery, we’ll take care of you throughout the process.
Those in need of wound care of all kinds can turn to our team here at Pacifico Plastic Surgery. If you live in Staten Island, NY, Brooklyn, NY, New Jersey or any of the surrounding areas, contact us today for a wound care consultation.