Scars are the result of a complex and dynamic wound healing response that gets triggered when the wound is damaged from a surgery or injury. Burn injuries are a common type of injury that, depending on the severity, may or may not lead to a scar. Burn scars can spread over the skin as a skin contracture or develop as a keloid for more localized injuries. In this article, we will explore the types of burns and how we can treat them using silicone gel products for scars.
What we know about burns
The skin is composed of three layers—the epidermis (top layer), dermis (middle layer), and hypodermis (bottom layer). These three layers all work in conjunction to provide protection to the body from environmental factors like weather, pathogens, and other harmful agents. While the skin is resistant to various degrees of injuries, it can be seriously affected by burns. The type of burn scar a person sustains is characterized by the damage it causes the layers of the skin.
A person can sustain three degrees of burns—first, second, and third degrees. A first degree burn is least serious, affecting only the epidermis of the skin. First degree burns usually don’t require medical treatment and will heal after only a few days. Second degree burns damage the epidermis and dermis layers, causing redness of the skin, blisters, and inflammation. Third degree burns penetrate all three layers of the skin, causing extreme pain and significantly damaging the skin.
First degree burns usually leave no scarring and tend to heal on their own in a matter of days. Second degree burns may leave a scar that may or may not fade over time. Third degree burns will almost always leave a scar, and depending on the severity, may require surgical skin grafting. Burn scars can form into skin contractions or keloids, which can feel tight, itchy, and burdensome on the skin. Some scars, if they are too tight, can restrict a person’s range of motion depending where on the body it’s located.
What to do about burn scars
Burns that penetrate the skin deeply enough will likely leave a scar. While scars from burn wounds are often unavoidable, there are steps you can take to reduce their physical appearance. Medical-grade topical silicone for scars is the only clinically-proven method for treating scars that doesn’t involve costly surgery or laser treatment. Topical silicone has been the gold standard for scar therapy for over 30 years and is currently the most recommended treatment option by physicians around the world.
Silicone gel works simply and effective through dermal hydration and collagen regulation to flatten and fade scars from injury or surgery. As a topical solution to scar management, silicone gel is hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types. Silicone gel is designed to help with scars attained from burns or other injuries and can be purchased through your physician or online at biodermis.com.
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