Burns and Scar Revision

BURNS AND SCAR REVISION SURGERY BY SHAHIN FAZILAT, MD, CAN REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF AN INJURY OR ACCIDENT

Overview

Burns and Scar Revision cosmetic surgery by Dr. Fazilat can improve the appearance of burns or scars from an injury, a fire, an accident, or a congenital condition.

Dr. Fazilat has special training in reconstructive and on coplastic microsurgery to offer his patients the best options for Burns and Scar Revision surgery.

Typically, the severity of a scar depends on a variety of factors, including the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to that area, and the thickness and color of your skin. Some people, especially if you have deeper skin tones, have a tendency to produce prominent, raised scars called keloids.

Burns and Scar Revision often include debriding, or removal of the dead tissue, followed by plastic or reconstructive surgery. Typical wound treatment procedures can be:

  • Skin grafts, which is used most often to remove one area of the skin and transplant it to another.
  • Free flap procedures, which can transfer muscle, skin or bone with the original blood supply from one area of your body to another to reconstruct the area with microsurgery.
  • Tissue expansion that enables your body to “grow” extra skin for use in the reconstructive procedures.

The Consult

During your Burns and Scar Revision consultation with Dr. Fazilat, he will discuss the options and alternatives in great detail, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your particular procedure.

Burns and Scar Revision surgery is most often an option for patients who have:

  • Atrophic scars, which are thin or flat
  • Contracture scars, which occur when large areas of the skin are lost, often restricting adjacent tendons or muscles because the remaining skin is pulled tightly together
  • Hypertropic scars, which as thick, red, raised and occur within a wound’s edges
  • Keloid scars, which can be swollen, painful and often itch, look like hypertropic scars but are firm and extend beyond the wound’s edges

Prior to your Burns and Scar Revision, Dr. Fazilat will discuss a number of important decisions to make when planning your procedure. He will personally walk you through your options and share recommendations based on the latest research, advances in the field, and what’s best for your particular case.

Pre-Operative

Our Patient Care Coordinator can provide you with information on pre-operative burns and scar revision care, recovery, local accommodations, and answer any other questions related to your procedure and stay in the Morgan Hill / Cupertino / Palo Alto / Mountain View, CA area. If you are traveling from outside the US, we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Once you have booked your Burns and Scar Revision surgery, you will receive a pre-operative appointment, which is typically two weeks before your surgery. During this appointment, you will be given instructions for your surgery, as well as any medical request forms for necessary blood work or related medical tests during this appointment, you will be given instructions for your surgery, necessary blood work at nearby labs, and any other related medical testing. Dr. Fazilat will also take any pre-operative photos and review your planned procedure(s) so you can ask any final questions. Our office will contact you by phone or by email to review your instructions and your health history.

After your pre-operative appointment, if you have any questions regarding your instructions, you can contact our office by phone or email us at any time. General Surgery instructions can also be found in Patient Resources of our website.

About The Operation

Typically, Burns and Scar Revision surgery is performed as an out-patient procedure under general anesthesia with a certified anesthesiologist; surgical times vary, depending on your particular case and procedure.

Recovery

After Burns and Scar Revision, it is typical for our patients to feel mild to severe pain if the surgery was performed on their hands , which are very sensitive parts of your body.

Soreness and pain for Burns and Scar Revision usually passes in 7 to 10 days, with many patients returning to work within 2 weeks, though strenuous activity should be avoided for up to 4 weeks. The patient should also have an adult stay with them for 24 hours following the surgery to monitor their recovery.

Recovery time from a split-thickness skin graft is generally less than three weeks; for a full-thickness skin graft, the recovery time is typically a few weeks longer. For a free-flap procedure and tissue expansion, healing of the surgical site can be slow and require frequent wound care with total recovery time of six to eight weeks or longer.

To enhance your recovery from Burns and Scar Revision, Dr. Fazilat may recommend rehabilitation therapy (physical and/or occupational) under the guidance of a trained hand therapist.

Dr. Fazilat will schedule a follow-up post-recovery office visit to discuss your progress.

To learn more about Hand Burns and Scar Surgery, please call us today at 650-964-2200 or complete this form on our website to schedule an initial consultation.