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Cosmetic Procedure Options for Burn Victims

Being the victim of a fire related injury is traumatic to say the least. Unlike other incidents that leave their victims with broken bones, which heal with time, victims of fire are left permanently scarred with a reminder of the horrific event.

While this is painful, people ignorant to your situation may literally add insult to injury by questioning or presupposing what happened when scars are visible, which can make a traumatic event even worse with the constant reminder.

Instead of resigning yourself to a life of taunt and inquiry, it is important to know that there are some very progressive and effective cosmetic treatments available to burn victims to help them resume a normal and healthy lifestyle.

To note: if damage to the skin from burn wound is severe, it is necessary to undergo a debriding to remove dead tissue before reconstructive surgery to avoid the effects of necrosis or gangrene 

Skin Grafts

Skin grafts are a common form of treatment for burn patients. The skin can either be harvested from another part of the patient’s body, or from a skin donor, to replace skin that has been damaged beyond repair.

WebMD explains that, “There are two types of skin graft: split-thickness grafts in which just a few layers of outer skin are transplanted and full-thickness grafts, which involve all of the dermis. There is usually permanent scarring that is noticeable,” and that, “Recovery time from a split-thickness skin graft is generally fairly rapid, often less than three weeks. For full-thickness skin graft patients the recovery time is a few weeks longer.”

Tissue Expansion

Tissue expansion, which takes advantage of the skin’s ability to stretch to accommodate for added girth – as seen in pregnancy or weight gain – utilizes a balloon expander to stretch out the skin.

This newly created skin can be used to reconstruct any body part(s) that have been damaged, with minimal scarring and a near perfect match in terms of colour and texture. While this procedure is considerably longer than others (up to four months), the benefits of dermal continuity still make this a preferred treatment for certain bodily injuries.

Whatever the unique case may be with the victim of burns, consulting a board certified plastic surgeon will help determine which procedure or procedures may be necessary for restoring the skin to its healthy state.

Do You Have More Questions About Cosmetic Procedure for Burn Victims?

There are a variety of options when it comes to burn scar removal. However, before trying out any of them, you should first talk to an experienced plastic surgeon who will be able to explain to you the pros and cons of each procedure as well as tell you if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

If you’re considering burn scar removal, you need to take your time to choose the right experienced plastic surgeon for your needs. At Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, we know the decision to go under is an important one, and we aim to make you feel comfortable from our initial consultation through your recovery.  If you want to learn more about your options and the experience, schedule a consultationwith our award winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dickie, and gain your self confidence again!