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Treating Burn Scars (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)

posted in Face Treatments, Scars

Burns scars are arguably the most difficult scars to treat. Burns often leave raised and discolored scars that, depending on the severity, will leave a permanent scar behind. Burns are categorized into three stages of damage. Fire, steam, hot liquids, radiation, electricity, chemicals, friction, heated objects, or sun exposure can all cause burns. The most common kind of burns are thermal which can occur when the skin comes into contact with flames, hot metals, scalding liquids or steam.

  1. A first-degree burn is considered the most mild and least invasively damaging. They result in pain and reddening of the epidermis- the outermost skin layer. These scars can usually be effectively treated with aloe vera cream or antibiotic ointment.
  2. A second-degree burn affects not only the epidermis, but dermis, which is the layer underneath. This will result in pain, redness, swelling and blistering. This can also be treated with antibiotic creams, ointments or prescription medications.
  3. A third-degree burn goes even deeper than the epidermis and dermis. It damages the tissue beneath and will appear white, blackened and charred that may have damaged nerve cells to the point of numbness. These are the most difficult to treat. Under these circumstances, the person suffering from a third-degree burn should seek medical attention and will have to attend to the scar’s healing process with advice from a specialist, like Dr. Rokhsar.

If a burn is severe enough, the skin may have a hard time repairing itself because of the extensive tissue damage, or if it repaired itself an uneven and misshapen scar will be left. A skin graft can be done. This involves taking skin from one area of the body and placing it in the damaged area. Dr. Rokhsar will typically use the Fraxel Re:pair laser system to treat tissue within the dermis. This will be used to treat second or third-degree scarring. The laser beam tightens skin and alters weakened collagen found in the dermis and has been found so effective because the fractional repair technology treats deep microscopic zones in sections at a time. This will stimulate new collagen production, which will help restructure the skin into a smoother and more even tone. Fraxel Re:store takes on a similar  approach to the natural repair process but uses a refreshing and remodeling of the collagen and elastin, ultimately resurfacing skin from the inside out.

New York Dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar was not only involved in the development of the Fraxel laser, but has also trained more doctors in Fraxel and fractional laser treatments than any other doctor in the world. As a fellowship-trained dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar can provide extensive knowledge and expertise to each patient’s individual needs.

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