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Is there cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of scars from burns?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Stapenhorst
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Depending on the nature of the scar a combination of surgical procedures and laser procedures can be used to improve the appearance of scars.

In brief: Yes
Depending on the nature of the scar a combination of surgical procedures and laser procedures can be used to improve the appearance of scars.
Dr. David Stapenhorst
Dr. David Stapenhorst
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Of course
Can also improve function.

In brief: Of course
Can also improve function.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Barry Handler
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Sort of....
Cosmetic surgery=changing something that was "normal.
" reconstructive surgery=changing something diseased or traumatized to ake it look more normal. Surgery and lasers can make burn scars look bettrt sometimes but i consider that reconstructive surgery. Best see a plastic surgeon.

In brief: Sort of....
Cosmetic surgery=changing something that was "normal.
" reconstructive surgery=changing something diseased or traumatized to ake it look more normal. Surgery and lasers can make burn scars look bettrt sometimes but i consider that reconstructive surgery. Best see a plastic surgeon.
Dr. Barry Handler
Dr. Barry Handler
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Dr. Tina Alster
Dermatology
In brief: Laser Skin Treatment
If your burn scar is minor (mild discoloration), avoid sun exposure to the area and apply a bleaching cream (such as hydroquinone or kojic acid).
If; however, you have a more severe or extensive burn scar, seek treatment with a dermatologist who is proficient with using lasers for scar revision. Scars can be dramatically improved (both clinically and functionally) by lasers.

In brief: Laser Skin Treatment
If your burn scar is minor (mild discoloration), avoid sun exposure to the area and apply a bleaching cream (such as hydroquinone or kojic acid).
If; however, you have a more severe or extensive burn scar, seek treatment with a dermatologist who is proficient with using lasers for scar revision. Scars can be dramatically improved (both clinically and functionally) by lasers.
Dr. Tina Alster
Dr. Tina Alster
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes many options
There are a variety of treatment options depending on the characteristics of the scar such as color, texture, thickness, size, location, direction, etc.

In brief: Yes many options
There are a variety of treatment options depending on the characteristics of the scar such as color, texture, thickness, size, location, direction, etc.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
Depending on size, extent and symptoms of post-burn scarring.
..Treatment ranges from scar removal and closure by moving adjacent skin to cover and close, removal with skin grafting the site to decrease appearance, topical treatment with silicone gel sheeting to quiet the site. Variable also to actual "degree" of burn. Examination would provide those answers from consultation.

In brief: Yes
Depending on size, extent and symptoms of post-burn scarring.
..Treatment ranges from scar removal and closure by moving adjacent skin to cover and close, removal with skin grafting the site to decrease appearance, topical treatment with silicone gel sheeting to quiet the site. Variable also to actual "degree" of burn. Examination would provide those answers from consultation.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends
It depends on the type of scar and location.
This is a very difficult question to answer without examining your scars. I would recommend going to see a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in burn reconstruction to determine the best course of treatment for you.

In brief: Depends
It depends on the type of scar and location.
This is a very difficult question to answer without examining your scars. I would recommend going to see a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in burn reconstruction to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Dr. Timothy King
Dr. Timothy King
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