Should I worry about a graft with dark spots and some splitting around the borders 10 days post-op? Please see photo. Thanks!!
Dark Spots in Graft After Mohs for Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
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Graft with dark spots
thank you for sending a picture. Your graft actually looks good, and you should do well. You will be able to tell exactly what is going to happen in a few more weeks.
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Ten days post-op is very early for a graft
If you are ten days post-op on your graft, I would not be too worried at this point in time. In your picture your graft has appeared to taken. Frankly, most grafts don't look that good for the first several weeks after surgery. The dark spots and splitting that you mention should not be that big of a deal. If they are still persistent a few months down the road, then you may want to have some revision done (i.e dermabrasion).
So in summary, please be patient. Grafts take a lot more time than other closures. The location where you had the graft done tends to do very well in the long term.
Skin grafts can look very peculiar for the first several weeks
Some grafts look very red,others purple or black for the first several weeks. The dead skin cells that normally peel away from our skin every day, are not allowed to shed if the skin graft was covered for a week so it is common to see this delayed shedding starting around the second week. Edges may look dried out and curl up. Many grafts looking very unusual for the initial period mature into very reasonable appearances. there is no perfect graft. The color usually fades to lighter but some grafts hyperpigment and can remain brown.
Your Mohs surgeon or reconstructive surgeon should be notified that you have a concern as they may want to see you and recommend a certain ointment or other treatment.There is always a risk of partial or full failure once a skin graft is done, but even if it does fail completely, surgeons allow it to scab and allow the body to heal for a while underneath. Often, this is all that is necessary to produce a reasonable result, but a second graft can be done later or more definitive reconstruction.
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Black spots in skin graft
I am reticent to give advice based on a photo. But, do not see any obvious reason for concern. Black spots may represent dried blood or focal scab formation. However, you should always follow-up in person with your treating dermatologic surgeon for any wound healing concerns as soon as you practically can.
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