n South African Medical Journal - New horizons for the repair of skin defects : correspondence




To the Editor: Visible skin defects in adults, and especially those in the developing child, are frequently very unsightly, stigmatising the person and often leading to severe psychological sequelae. This situation can result from surgical treatment of vitiligo, congenital pigmented naevi, vascular hamartomas and skin cancer, and from burn scars and contractures. Many affected people are ostracised from society because of our inability to restore the defect to normality after excision, or at least to an acceptable functional and cosmetic end result. The obvious solution is to replace the excised tissue with a functional and cosmetic substitute similar to the surrounding area.


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