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Burn Scars/Wounds

One of the worst experiences for anyone to go through is to be burnt. The pain can be excruciating and could become worse if not properly treated by medical personnel. If you have suffered any degree of burns and you have received the proper treatment for it you may want to learn about your options for getting rid of the scars. Before you look into treatment options for burn scars you must make sure that the burn wounds have healed or have healed as well as they can on their own. Dr. Frank does offer treatment options for burn scars but the success of the treatment will be based more on the severity of the burn wounds. There are three types of burns which may cause scarring.

First Degree Burns:

The least serious of the burns, but you will experience pain, tenderness and swelling of the area. Skin is usually some type of pink or reddish color as the upper layer of skin (epidermis) is only affected. This will usually heal on its own within a few days. Apply cold water and antibiotic creams to the area for immediate treatment. You can expect little to no scarring.

Second Degree Burns:

A more severe burn than the first degree as the epidermis is destroyed and burned-through which reached the dermis (second layer of skin) and can cause serious pain, swelling and blisters. The skin will be bright red and scarring will take place as well. You can expect healing to take anywhere from one to three weeks and you need immediate medical attention.

Third Degree Burns:

By far the most severe class of burns. The skin is charred and brown, black or white patches will appear. The epidermis as well as the dermis are completely destroyed. Other tissues, organs and even bones may also be damaged. There will be deep scars and medical attention must take place immediately.

If you are unfortunate to experience any of these burns and have developed burn scars from them you may wish to seek treatment options to reduce scarring once the wound has healed. Dermapen, Fraxel Repair, and Fraxel Restore Dual are great options for people who have suffered from burn scars and wounds.

Dermapen uses small needles (skin needling) to micro injure the skin which causes a collagen induction. The induction reduces the indentation and color of the scar as your body produces the collagen so it can repair and even re-grow skin. Multiple treatments are needed, especially for more severe scars. Fraxel Repair and Fraxel Restore Dual uses fractionated ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing on a full range of skin conditions such as scars and wrinkles. Fraxel Repair is an aggressive laser treatment (ablative) that leaves open wounds after penetrating deep into scars and needs an approximate recovery period of five to seven days. Fraxel Restore Dual on the other hand uses a less aggressive approach that does not leave open wounds (non-ablative).

Dr. Frank of the 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center is happy to offer his services to patients who suffer from burn scars and wounds. For a diagnosis, examination, or to learn more about your treatment options you can call the office of Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank today. It is important to remember that when you have a cosmetic procedure done you must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the procedure. Dr. Frank will go over what you can expect from the treatment methods, if you are a good c