Smashed skin grafting or smash grafting - a novel method of vitiligo surgery.
Vitiligo is an acquired progressive disorder characterized by destruction of melanocytes in the lesion and the lesional hair follicles. A number of new therapeutic options for vitiligo have become available over the last decade or so both on the medical as well as surgical side. One among them is the smashed skin grafting or simply smash grafting, which is a modification of split-thickness grafting. In this method, the graft undergoes "smashing" before being applied to the recipient site. Though a simple and effective procedure, very few people are doing the procedure either due to lack of awareness or due to lack of published data. Smash skin grafting was performed in 26 patients with vitiligo in Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Maharashtra, India. Smashed skin grafting helped to achieve more than 90% repigmentation of the vitiligo patches in our patients. Smashed skin grafting is a simple procedure with fewer side effects, better outcome, and high patient satisfaction or, in simple words, it can be considered as an alternative to various conventional surgical modalities like punch grafting and melanocyte cell culture methods. This article deals with the steps of the procedure, results of the surgery in a small group of patients, and the necessity of increasing the awareness of smash grafting. © 2012 The International Society of Dermatology.