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A skin graft is a patch of skin taken from one part of the body (donor site) and placed over a surgical wound (recipient site). A graft is completely separated from its original location and therefore does not have its own blood supply. The donor site is allowed to heal by granulation or by placement of side to side stitches. The graft survives by close contact to the blood supply of the recipient site. Common areas where grafts are used are the nose, ears, fingers, inner part of the eyelid and lower legs. A dressing is placed over the graft to protect it during the early part of healing. The skin graft may initially be a dark pink or purple color but will become lighter over time.