Skin coverage in hand reconstruction is a challenging and vast chapter in hand surgery; covering every aspect of it in a report is simply not feasible. Therefore, this report focuses on a few specific topics. The coverage of anatomical regions like the fingertips is common ground for hand surgeons worldwide, but in the last 10 years, various refinements have been published in order to optimize the reconstruction of this organ. Nevertheless, in many emergency departments, the amputation of badly injured fingertips, including the thumb, remains the preferred treatment. The main focus of this report is to counter this tendency by providing alternatives to surgeons. Large defects in the fingers involving more than one segment, defects in the palm and in the dorsum of the hand are currently debated in international meetings. The use of skin substitutes vs. the use of extremely refined microsurgical procedures vs. classic island flaps has generated animated discussions, which are also influenced by cultural and socioeconomic factors around the world. This report offers the views of six surgeons from four different countries, in the hope of animating discussions and suggesting new approaches.