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Burn scars, along with the associated skin grafted areas, serve as very unpleasant and painful reminders of a past traumatic event. Such scars may be the result of not only thermal injuries but also electrical or chemical ones. Treatment of them is sought not only for improvement of the appearance of the affected area(s) but also to help with emotional related issues as well as functional ones.

Given the limitless spectrum of burn scar presentations, treatment needs to be individualized to the particular patient, area(s) and deformities. Such a plan needs to comprehensively address both aesthetic and functional factors.

There are a variety of surgical approaches that can be employed to treat burn scars. Patients with extensive and complex problems may benefit from the application of multiple techniques. Some of these can include direct excision of the burn scar, serial reduction of the affected area (repeat partial excisions), release of scar contractures, usage of tissue expansion, skin grafting, z-plasties and other flap procedures (moving tissue in from the surrounding areas).

For example, burn scar contractures can be very debilitating. Release of these along with the appropriate treatment such as skin grafting and flaps can allow a person to regain crucial function and range of motion particularly when it involves the fingers, hands, wrist and other joints.

Contact the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

For more information about burn scar restoration, or to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD to find out which treatment may be best for your unique needs, please contact our practice online or by phone today.

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

As always, our highest priority is to ensure YOUR safety and well-being.

With coronavirus/COVID-19 still a health issue, we want you to know that we are continuing to take extreme infection control measures in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. This also means that only patients will be permitted to come into our office and everyone will have their temperature checked.

In an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness, please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment. You may also want to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

We do offer Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through doxy.me. This is best used for specific situations including postoperative questions and as a substitute for some postoperative office visits relating to certain procedures. However, if you are planning to proceed with surgery, an in-office evaluation will be required.

We are all in this together and really appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

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