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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

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to 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.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.

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