Skin Grafts Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers -  - Wound Care Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers

Wound Care Specialists located in Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA & Encino, CA

The specialists at Tower Wound Care Center offer skin grafting treatments. At the practice, patients can help the body to heal itself with this innovative treatment. Locations are available in Santa Monica, Encino, and Los Angeles, CA.

Skin Grafts Q & A

What is a skin graft?

Skin grafting is used to remove a thin layer of skin from one part of the body and adhere to a wounded area in order to repair it. It is a highly effective method used to close a large wound. However, it does create an additional "wound" in the area of the "donor" graph where the skin was harvested. The procedure will involve a recovery time and can cause some discomfort. Fortunately, at the office "artificial" skin grafts comprised mostly of collagen are available. These "skin substitutes" house several growth factors which chronic wounds will require in order to start the healing process.

What is PriMatrix®?

Derived from the bovine dermis, this dermal matrix is used to repair large, complex wounds. They are ideal because they support cellular growth and do not require the patient to provide donor skin. Rich in Type III collagen, PriMatrix® is used in the management of:

  • Skin ulcers
  • Surgical sites
  • Trauma wounds
  • Tunneled wounds
  • Second degree burns
  • Full thickness wounds
  • Post-Mohs surgery sites
  • Partial thickness wounds

PriMatrix® is offered in a meshed, fenestrated, and solid configuration and can be used in both the operating room and treatment office. The size can be adjusted to fit diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, and tunneling wounds as well as more extensive burns, trauma, and other demanding full and partial thickness wounds.

What is Grafix®?

Grafix® is a three-dimensional matrix which can be applied directly to acute and chronic wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers and burns, and is also a synthetic substitute. Flexible and adaptable, it is an optimal wound grafting material. These grafts have shown to support natural wound repair by:

  • Serving as a barrier from the environment and protecting the tissues from infection
  • Reducing swelling
  • Reducing scarring by supporting wound closure

Grafix® is an alternative to autologous skin grafting, which requires a donor skin site, and it can eliminate the pain, complications, and procedure time present with autologous grafts.

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