My Skin Graft Healing Timeline

On April 20th, 2013, I had undergone a split-thickness skin graft surgery for the full-thickness burn on my right dorsal hand. The burn was caused by the cooking oil spilling on my hand. The donor skin was removed from my right thigh. Initially it was going to be taken from my upper arm but right before the surgery my arm was deemed too thin for the burn.

The photographs below show the healing of the scar. A couple of weeks following the surgery, I started wearing a custom made pressure glove which prevented hypertrophic scarring. If I am not mistaken, I had worn the glove for about a year. Regardless, I still have a permanent scar due to the nature of the surgery. The scar is not that noticeable in day to day life and I do not remember anyone asking about it in the last year. I have also not lost the flexibility of my hand for any practical purposes. I still play the piano and it does not effect me. However, the skin inbetween my thumb and index finger feels more stiff when trying to stretch. I hope you will find these photographs helpful and informative.

WARNING: My hand is gory in some of the photographs.

The day of my skin graft
The day of my skin graft.
4 days after my skin graft
4 days after my skin graft.
5 days after my skin graft
5 days after my skin graft.
9 days after my skin graft
9 days after my skin graft.
14 days after my skin graft
14 days after my skin graft.
20 days after my skin graft
20 days after my skin graft.
28 days after my skin graft
28 days after my skin graft.
53 days after my skin graft
53 days after my skin graft.
6 years after my skin graft (natural lighting)
6 years after my skin graft (natural lighting).
6 years after my skin graft (artificial lighting)
6 years after my skin graft (artificial lighting).