Plastic surgery and burns
Newly healed skin is sensitive to the sun. People should avoid unnecessary sun exposure as much as possible after a burn injury. If it’s not possible to keep burns covered with clothing, then a high factor sun block should be applied.
Newly healed skin will be more sensitive to extremes of temperatures and a tepid bath or shower will be more comfortable. A mild non-perfumed soap will minimise sensitivities. The use of a bath emollient may minimise the potential for skin to become dry and scaly.
Moisturiser should be applied at least twice a day and try to build this into your daily routine. The use of massage will also help to improve the scar overtime.
Itching is a common problem, especially in the first couple of months of healing. Occasionally it can be severe and result in interference of sleep and even wound breakdown from scratching.
Lukewarm showers, bath oils and moisturising may help with the itching. Sometimes medication like an Antihistamine may be required and beneficial.
Scarring and contracture
It is difficult to predict the severity of scarring that may occur as a result of your burn. Scarring depends on the size, location and depth of the burn and also the healing timeframe. Minor burns if healed in an appropriate time (less than 14 days) should not leave long term cosmetic defects.
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