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Plastic Surgery for Burns

About Burns

Burn scars are the result of the wound healing, following a partial or full-thickness thermal injury. Thermal injury can frequently result in extensive scarring, which may have a profound psychological impact on the victim, serving as a visible reminder of a traumatic event. Dr. Zaydon can help you feel and look more physically appealing and regain that confidence that you once had. Did you know that there are over 500,000 burn related ER visits each year? (Source: American Burn Association).

Most of us have suffered a burn at some point in our lives, most often a thermal burn (read below to find out about other types of burn). However, fortunately, we do not usually require medical attention. For burns which are more serious, first aid is required, plus potentially plastic surgery to reduce any scarring. Keep reading to find out more about burns, their treatment, and plastic surgery.

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What type of burns are there?

Burns are typically classified in two different ways. One is to classify the source of the burn. In which case, there are 3 causes of burns:

Depending on the circumstances, all three of them can be serious, and indeed life-threatening.

Burns can also be classified according to their severity. The least severe is known as a ‘first degree burn’, which refers to a reddening of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). ‘Second degree burns’ are when the dermis is affected, which is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis. The most severe type of burn is a ‘third degree burn’ which is when even the tissue below the dermis is affected.

Hypertrophic burn scars are notoriously difficult to treat because of their extensive tissue involvement and tendency to worsen with hypertrophy and contracture formation. Various therapies have been advocated in the past, including surgical excision and grafting, dermabrasion, and corticosteroids.

How to treat burns?

There are two main stages to treating burns:

1. First Aid for burns

Standard first aid for burns is to cool the burn with running cold water.

(Source: Red Cross).

There are several other first aid steps to take. Read the full list (provided by the Red Cross).

2. Plastic Surgery for Burns (Reconstruction)

In the event that your burn is more serious, you may be left with scarring. The good news is that plastic surgery can help reduce the appearance of scarring. There are many different procedures available, depending on the exact condition of your injury. Read more about plastic surgery for scars.

Plastic Surgeon For Barbecue Burn in Miami

Barbeque (B-B-Q) burns

Accidents with gasoline, which is used while barbecuing or grilling, are a major cause of thermal burns in the U.S. It has been reported that gasoline-related burns account for 13,000 – 15,000 ER visits per year.

Barbecue Safety

Every year, there are thousands of barbecue burn injuries in Miami from the careless or unlucky use of lighter/starter fluids and/or gas. Here are a few safety tips for around the barbecue.

  • NEVER EVER use gasoline as a starter fluid or accelerant for charcoal grills.
  • Always use an approved lighter/starter fluid for charcoal grills.
  • After soaking your coals with lighter/starter fluid, wait for a minute for the heavy concentrations of explosive vapors to disperse.
  • When using lighter/starter fluid, place the container well away from the barbecue before attempting to light the coals.
  • Be very careful not to spill any fluid on your clothing, or in the surrounding area of the barbecue.
  • Wear an insulated fire retardant barbecue mitten when lighting your presoaked coals.
  • Never add lighter/starter fluid to hot or even warm coals. An explosion can happen causing serious injury.

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Read more about barbecue safety here.

Unfortunately these burns do happen, and when they do, it is advisable to find the best plastic surgeon for bbq burns in South Florida. Dr. Zaydon is surely the person you want to see if, by any chance, you get these barbeque burns.

Regrettably, we get too many requests from patients looking for a plastic surgeon for barbecue burn in Miami.  We believe it is best to avoid this kind of injuries altogether, so please follow the above advice whenever you feel like a bonfire or barbecue with friends.

What if my burn is work related?

If you incurred your burn at work, or while performing work-related tasks, then the cost of medical treatment may be covered by your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance plan. Navigating the complexities of a work-related injury can add complexity to the issue, so working with a plastic surgeon who accepts workers’ compensation can make the process easier.

Things you Should Know About Plastic Surgery for Burns

According to data from the American Burn Association, about 96.7% of all burn victims survive, but most burn patients are left with serious disabilities and scarring. Plastic surgeons who treat burns play an important role in making the lives of burn injury patients better by giving them the hope to improve their quality of life. Plastic surgeons are now providing a number of procedures that assist patients with physical and cosmetic limitations caused by burn-damaged skin.

Dr. Zaydon, as a burns expert in Miami, has listed below the things you need to know about plastic surgery for burns. More specifically, he will explain the types of burn which can occur, the benefits of contemporary treatments, what to expect during and after surgery, as well as advice for post-surgical care.

Types of burns:

Burns are described as a serious skin damage that causes the skin cells of the affected area to die. They can occur due to accidents brought by hot liquids, hot solids or flames. The three classifications of burns are:

Benefits of scar burns treatment:

What to expect during scar surgery?

As a local burns expert, Dr. Zaydon advises that the type of procedure will depend on the type of scar. So, for example, the procedure selected may vary between burn scars, deformities or contractures. All procedures which aim to reduce the severity of scars are referred to as scar revision and are usually performed under local or general anesthesia. Scar revision procedure involves:

Post-surgery care:

After the surgery you may experience soreness, tenderness, tingling, numbness and itching around the incision area. Mild oozing and bruising may also be visible, small lump may also be formed. All these are normal and should not be a cause for your concern.

Tips to prevent post-surgery infection:
Remember not to:
Signs of infection include:

IF YOU NOTICE ANY OF THE ABOVE SIGNS OF INFECTIONS, IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.

As a plastic surgeon treating burns in Miami, Dr. Zaydon treats a variety of burns. He has many years of experience removing and reducing the appearance of scars brought by burns. Read more about Thomas Zaydon, M.D.

plastic surgeon burns miamiPlastic Surgery for Burns – Further information

 

Thomas Zaydon, M.D. is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery, including the treatment of burns. In addition to treating burns, he also frequently serves as a Plastic Surgery Consultant, Expert Witness, Expert Medical Advisor, provides IMEs, and Peer Reviews.

If you have suffered a burn and are in need of a burns expert in Miami, please contact us. We’ll answer any questions you might have. Alternatively, you can make an appointment.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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