Sheet grafting of third-degree or full thickness burns
Sheet grafting is ideal wound covering. A strip of donor skin is taken from an unburned area and transferred to the excised burn area. Advantages of sheet grafting are durability and less contraction. Sheet grafts are also more cosmetic than alternate methods of grafting.
Mesh grafting of third-degree burns
Mesh grafting is required when there is not enough undamaged skin available to use as a donor site. Mesh grafts use less donor skin that allows a child with a large total surface area to achieve wound closure in less time than using sheet grafts. The mesh pattern, however, persists throughout the child’s life.