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Flaps

A flap is a full-thickness skin graft, which includes the entire thickness of the skin.

About Flaps

In this more complicated procedure, a flap of skin with its muscles and blood supply is transplanted to the area to be grafted. Common donor sites include skin and muscle flaps from the back or abdominal wall.

Full-thickness grafts are used when a lot of tissue is lost. This can happen, for example, with open fractures of the lower leg.

Source: MedlinePlus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health  

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