Burn Treatment & Reconstruction in Austin TX
What is a Burn?
Burns involve an injury to the skin and associated tissue, often caused by fire, chemicals, heat, electricity, the sun or other factors. A burn can range in severity and is classified as first, second, third or fourth degree, based on its depth and the degree of damage to skin tissue. Burns can often leave patients with severe physical disfigurements, depending on the cause and severity of the burn.
Improving the aesthetic appearance of burns can help the patient's self esteem and prevent permanent scarring. Burn treatment usually involves skin grafting and cosmetic reconstruction, and may be performed in an emergency facility or later on. Burn treatments also focus on restoring function to the burned skin to reduce the risk of complications such as loss of mobility or a loss of one of the senses.
If you are in need of burn reconstruction or treatment in Austin TX, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Acute Burn Care
Any type of burn on the skin requires immediate medical attention to stabilize the patient, clean the wound and reduce the risk of complications such as infection, scarring, breathing problems and limited bone and joint mobility. Our doctors are available for acute burn treatment, although patients should call 911 in the case of an emergency. While initial burn care focuses on assessing and treating the initial burn symptoms, additional treatment may be required at a later time for skin reconstruction.
We provide comprehensive burn treatment that includes an evaluation of the burn and any related conditions, thorough wound care, dressing, pain medications and emergency surgery, if required. It is also important for patients to remain hydrated after a burn, so fluids may be administered intravenously to prevent dehydration.
Most burns leave a scar on the skin, whose appearance depends on the size, location and severity of the burn. While burn scars usually become less noticeable over time, many patients seek reconstructive treatment to improve the appearance of burn scars that are physically unattractive or disfiguring. Reconstructive procedures are usually performed after the burn has fully healed, which may be nine months to a year after the original injury.
Scar reconstruction is usually performed through an outpatient surgical procedure that may involve skin and tissue grafts, skin flaps or injectable fillers to restore a more natural appearance, while also correcting any functional problems caused by the scar and improving the patient's self-confidence as well. Your doctor will develop a customized treatment plan for each individual patient based on their condition and goals for surgery.
A contracture is a complication of burn scars that involves a tightening and thickening of the scar that in turn restricts movement of the affected area. It is important for patients to take precautions to prevent contractures from occurring, by exercising, wearing a splint and continuing to promote everyday activities that require movement.
Treatment for contracture scars often involves surgery to release the contracture and restore normal movement to the skin. A skin flap or graft may be used to restore the appearance of the skin in the treated area, while also improving movement and flexibility that may have been affected by the contracture. Physical therapy will often be needed after surgery to stretch the joints and restore movement and function.
Call 512.450.1077 to speak with Dr. Robison and Dr. Trussler if you have any questions or comments or to learn more about how we can help you.