Skin and Composite Grafts

  • Brian S. Jewett
  • Shan R. Baker


The epidermis, the most superficial layer of skin, consists of keratinizing, stratified, squamous epithelium. The predominant cell type is the keratinocyte, which comprises 80% of the cells. Layers of the epidermis include the basal cell, prickle cell, granular cell, and keratin layers, with the overall thickness of human skin varying from 0.075 to 0.15 mm. The epidermis is thin at birth, becomes thicker during early adulthood, and thins during the fifth to sixth decades of life.


Donor Site Skin Graft Composite Graft Recipient Site Nasal Reconstruction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Michigan School of MedicineAnn ArborUSA

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