Punch Grafting

Punch grafting involves the doctor punching a hole in the skin, removing the scar, and replacing it with a plug of fresh skin. Punch therapy is frequently recommended for skin disorders and scars.

 

What is Punch Grafting

Because of its simplicity and effectiveness, miniature punch grafting is one of the most often utilized procedures. Punches are used to remove small pieces of skin from the donor site on the buttock or thigh and place them on the donor site of vitiliginous skin, where recipient chambers have already been constructed.

Are the adverse effects of Punch Grafting?

Potential complications after punch graft surgery are:

  • Graft tissue loss
  • Infection

Mid- to long-term complications of miniature punch grafting include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Imperfect color matching
  • Peripheral depigmentation (halo effect)
  • Graft rejection
  • Keloid and hypertrophic scar at the donor or graft site
  • Cobblestone appearance (more common with larger punch biopsies)
  • Persistent vitiligo

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