Burn Scars: Resurfacing Options
Burns are commonly caused by accidental exposure to intense heat, chemicals, or electricity. Skin burns can be mild and easily treated or severe and life threatening. It is common for moderate and severe cases of burn scars to leave behind extensive scar tissue.
The location and extension of a scar will determine its severity. Usually scar therapy begins even before the wound has completely healed. This is generally the case with fire burns.
Treatment Options for All Types of Scars
The right burn scars treatment will depend on the severity and location of the scar. Nevertheless, treatment options are various and difficult to understand sometimes, that's why the most common ones have been listed below:
*Surgery (excision and grafting)
Usually more than one procedure is used to treat severe scars. However, we will focus our attention on resurfacing techniques which include laser therapy, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion.
Laser Therapy & Burn Scars
There are two types of laser you can choose from: ablative or non ablative laser therapy. Ablative laser therapy treats the upper layer of the skin, and may cause erythema, edema, and serous discharge. This implies a certain period of recovery to avoid complications.
Non-ablative lasers treat the dermis of the skin. The benefit of this is that it requires less down time than ablative laser therapy. On the downside, it does cause redness in some people but this will usually subside in a couple of days.
Chemical Peels & Burn Scars
This procedure uses chemicals to remove certain layers of the skin. By peeling the outer layers of the skin, this technique encourages the production of collagen and the growth of new cells.
The lightest type of chemical peel is done by using alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and lactic acid. It usually requires very little if any recovery time, to deal with the redness and slight flaking that will occur.
Trichloroacetic acid is used to do moderate chemical peels while the deepest chemical peel uses phenol acid. Both will generally produce swelling, redness and scab formation. Pain is a common denominator in both cases; this is why you will usually be prescribed pain medication.
Dermabrasion has a lot in common with chemical peels in that they both remove the outer layers of the skin to promote collagen production and new skin cell growth. Dermabrasion uses micro crystals are used to "scrape" the surface of the skin. This procedure may cause some redness and pain.
Scar removal with microdermabrasion is only possible if you want to get rid of a minor burn scar. This is because microdermabrasion is too gentle to deal with moderate and severe scarring.
You can safely and effectively treat skin burns with a natural product - BIOSKINCARE. This product is an excellent burn scar removal option because it is made with snail serum, a natural ingredient that helps eliminate damaged tissue and replace it with new tissue. If you know the secret of how to prevent burn scars then you'll never need to worry about treatment options, however, most of us aren't as lucky and when faced with the scars, need to have a way out. In most cases products such as BIOSKINCARE can effectively and safely nurture your skin back to health.
Published January 12th, 2010
Filed in Beauty