Casts of the vasculature of free full thickness skin grafts from rabbits' thighs and of the graft beds prepared on their ears, were obtained by microvascular injection of "Mercox", a methacrylate preparation. After transplantation, similar casts were made of the grafted area. All the casts were examined in a scanning electron microscope. Partial filling of the graft vasculature was observed 3 days after grafting and complete filling 5 to 7 days afterwards. These results confirm that vascularisation of free full thickness skin grafts is accomplished through early anastomoses between the original small vessels of the graft and the bed. © 1986 The Trustees of British Association of Plastic Surgeons. All rights reserved.
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