Burn reconstructive surgery can be performed on patients seeking to improve the appearance and function of skin that has been scarred or deformed from a burn injury. Depending on the size and severity of the burn, a board-certified surgeon may recommend sutures, skin grafting, tissue expansion, or local and regional skin flaps.
For mild burn injuries, sutures, staples, or other adhesives may be used to join the wound edges and facilitate healing.
For burn wounds that cover a large area, a patch of healthy skin can be transferred from a less noticeable part of the body to the damaged area. Depending on the thickness of the skin graft used, a small scar may result at the donor site, but will fade over time.
This procedure involves inserting a silicone balloon expander under the skin near the burn site. The area is gradually filled with a saline solution, which allows the skin around the expander to stretch and grow.
Flap surgery is a more extensive form of skin grafting. A skin flap is created using tissue from areas like the back, thighs, or buttocks.
Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.