A skin graft may be needed after skin cancer surgery, if the growth or lesion removed was large or the affected area does not heal properly. During a skin graft, an area on another part of the body, such as the upper thigh, chest or neck, is numbed and a patch of healthy skin removed. The patch is then placed on the area where the growth was removed.
The graft usually needs special care until it heals. After any type of surgery, including skin grafts, it’s important to follow your provider’s discharge and homecare instructions on bathing, shaving, exercise or other activities.