Burn Scars

Burn scars are a type of scar that forms after a burn injury damages the skin’s deep layers. The severity of the burn determines the type of scar that forms. Contractures are a specific type of burn scar that tightens and restricts movement due to scar tissue pulling on underlying muscles, tendons, or joints.

Causes: Both burn scars and contractures are caused by burns. The depth and severity of the burn determine the type of scar and potential for contracture formation. Deeper burns that damage the skin’s deeper layers (dermis) are more likely to leave scars and increase the risk of contractures.

Treatment Options: Treatment for burn scars and contractures depends on the severity and location. For mild scars, options like silicone gel sheets, scar massage therapy, or pressure garments may help improve appearance and reduce discomfort. For more severe scars or contractures, surgical procedures like scar revision, skin grafting, or Z-plasty surgery may be necessary to improve function and appearance. Early intervention and therapy after a burn injury can help reduce the risk of contractures forming.

Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge only and shouldn’t replace professional medical advice. If you have concerns about burn scars or contractures, consult a doctor or burn specialist to discuss the best treatment options for your specific situation.