Burn Care

Major burns are especially painful injuries and their care can be complex, sometimes requiring surgery such as skin grafting. This depends on the depth and extent of the burn.

What to Expect

A consultation with one of our Jackson, MS burn treatment experts is the first step in your treatment process. During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate the size and severity of the burn along with the location to determine the best plan of treatment.

Recovery

During your consultation, the Jackson, MS burn treatment expert will also discuss the recovery time and possible risks associated with your treatment as well as any secondary surgeries, which may be necessary after the burn is healed.


Microsurgery

Microsurgery can be an aid in the reconstruction of severely injured or disfigured patients. Through the advancement of surgical techniques, surgeons can now operate on amputated or transplanted sections of tissue, muscle, or bones and reconstruct the area while keeping the original blood supply intact.

Recovery

Your recovery after microsurgery is dependent on the extensiveness of the surgery. It’s important that you carefully follow the surgeon’s instructions to allow for proper healing.


Lacerations

A laceration is described as a wound of the skin resulting from a sharp object and creating a puncture that may be jagged, dirty, or bleeding. In some instances the wound can penetrate into the deeper tissues and even bone. A reconstructive procedure is performed in order to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and preserve the function of the area. Lacerations are best repaired as soon as conveniently possible to decrease the risk of infection and promote healing with the least amount of scarring.

What to Expect
A patient should consult with their physician to repair a laceration if the wound is still bleeding after ten to fifteen minutes of applying pressure, or the length of the wound exceeds one-eighth inch deep. Also consult your physician if you see impaired function of the area, exposed fat, muscle, tendon or bone, or if the cut contains dirt or debris.

Recovery

Recovery from a laceration is dependent on the injury. It is important that you follow the directions given by your physician in order to prevent infection. Treatment can often be performed in our office.


Scar Treatment

Accidents or surgery often leave unsightly scarring. The final disposition of scar tissue depends on the original injury as well as size and depth of the wound, circulation to the area, individual skin texture, skin color, and direction of the scar. Scars that are large and unattractive at first may become much less conspicuous in time. Plastic surgeons can improve the appearance of scar tissue through injection and application of medications or through surgery known as scar revision.

What to Expect

There are several types of scars. During your initial visit your plastic surgeon will determine what type of scarring you have and what procedure might improve the appearance of your particular scar.

Keloids are thick clusters of scar tissue that grow out beyond the wound. They occur when the body continues to produce scar tissue even after the wound is healed. One method of treatment is to inject the keloid with steroid medication to reduce the size of the scar as well as the redness, itching and burning that may accompany it. If this proves ineffective, the scar tissue can be surgically removed and closed with stitches. Both methods may be used together in conjunction with the application of a pressure garment for a period of time.

Hypertrophic scars may be red and thick like keloids, but they stay within the boundary of the original wound. They may improve over time or may be treated with steroid injection. If this is not the case, however, the surgeon will remove scar tissue and reposition the scar to heal inside a more natural skin contour. This may be done under local or general anesthesia depending on size and area of scar.

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that may also help smooth out the skin’s top layers. It is used to improve facial skin scarred by accidents or surgery and smooth out wrinkles. This is often used in conjunction with other scar revision procedures. Dermabrasion scrapes away the outer layer of skin until the physician determines the safest level at which the scar or wrinkle can be made less visible. There may be redness and swelling which will subside in several days to a week. Return to work is within two weeks; however, restriction of activity may continue for four to six weeks.

Recovery

Proper healing is essential to attain the desired final result of scar revision. Physician instruction and follow up should be followed to the letter. A degree of improvement in your scar will depend on the quality of wound care after repair. Results are not immediately apparent, and it may take months to see the final disposition of the scar.

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Skin Cancer Removal

Skin cancers can appear in a variety of forms and locations, and possible treatment options can range from a small, non-complex procedure to major surgery.

What to Expect

Usually, the cancer is diagnosed by a skilled physician by biopsying a portion, or all, of the growth and thoroughly examining the cells. After examination, the surgeon will discuss with you all available treatments options depending on the type and stage of the cancer.

Recovery

There are several surgical options available, and most are performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. Recovery is dependent on the complexity of the procedure. It is important that you follow the directions given by your physician in order to prevent infection. Treatment can often be performed in our office.

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To learn more about our Jackson, MS skin cancer removal procedures:

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