Learn more about the treatment options available for burn scars.
Burn scars are the result of an accident from a fire or hot surface. In appearance, they can be:
- Depressed, raised, shiny, smooth or rough.
- Darker than the natural skin pigmentation or completely void of color.
- Different colors as they heal, with reddish or bluish pigmentation.
- Thicker and tougher in texture than normal skin.
Why treat burn scars
Scars can create emotional, social and economic complications.
What you need to know
Patients should undergo a burn scar procedure as soon as possible, as recent evidence shows treating scars is more effective when done earlier.
Do’s and Don’ts
A few simple steps should be taken to help avoid scarring from minor burns. For more serious burns, consult a doctor.
- Cleanse the burn gently, but thoroughly.
- Keep the burn covered for the first few days to help keep it moist and clean.
- Use an antibiotic cream to prevent infection.
Burn scar questions to ask a dermatologic surgeon
(Download a Burn Scar Questionnaire to bring to your appointment)
- Which burn scar procedure is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
- What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
- How long is one appointment?
- How often will I need to receive treatment to remove my burn scars?
- How far apart are the treatments?
- What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
- How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
- Does burn scar removal hurt?
- What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
- How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
- Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
- Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
- What are the risks?
- What should I expect after the procedure is performed? (i.e., short-term and long-term effects; activity restrictions; expected recovery period)
General questions to ask before burn scar procedures
- Is a doctor on site?
- Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
- Was my medical history taken?
- Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
- Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?