Burn Reconstruction in Sugar Land, TX
Dr. David Stapenhorst of Signature Plastic Surgery offers Burn Reconstruction procedures to the residents of Sugar Land, Texas, and Houston, Texas. Dr. Stapenhorst performs Burn Reconstruction for a range of injuries, including mild burns to more extensive injuries that go deep into the skin. The most recognized technique for burn reconstruction is the use of skin grafts. After evaluating the patient, Dr. Stapenhorst develops an individual treatment plan for the patient. The plan may include the use of several procedures for Burn Reconstruction.
What happens during the Burn Reconstruction procedure by Dr. David Stapenhorst?
The technique used by Dr. Stapenhorst for Burn Reconstruction depends largely on the individual case. For skin grafts, Dr. Stapenhorst administers a general anesthesia. Dr. Stapenhorst uses skin from an uninjured part of the body to cover the burn area; typically from an area of the body that is normally covered by clothing, such as the thigh. Skin grafts for Burn Reconstruction may use split-thickness grafts, where only the outer layer of skin is used, or full-thickness skin grafts, where the transplanted skin includes the deeper, dermis layer. During the Burn Reconstruction procedure, the skin graft is attached to the burn area using a small number of stitches or staples. A dressing is placed over the treated area. The body begins building the necessary structures to connect the skin graft to the skin in the burn area. Spilt-thickness skin grafts typically heal within two weeks, and full-thickness skin grafts typically heal after several weeks or more. In most cases, skin grafts result in scarring. The scars may be corrected with scar revision procedures.
When can normal activities resume after the Burn Reconstruction procedure?
After Burn Reconstruction using skin grafts, the healing skin is susceptible to infection. Patients must exercise caution, and keep the treated area clean. Dr. Stapenhorst discusses post-operative activities with his patients during the consultation appointment.
Is there any pain associated with the Burn Reconstruction procedure?
Dr. Stapenhorst advises his Burn Reconstruction patients that they will experience some pain, swelling and redness after the Burn Reconstruction procedure. Dr. Stapenhorst may prescribe pain medication to help the patient remain comfortable during the healing process. Patients typically feel tired and have low energy after the Burn Reconstruction procedure. Other symptoms include numbness and tingling. These symptoms are normal during the healing process.
How much does Burn Reconstruction cost in Houston?
Signature Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit® to provide financing options for patients. Within a few hours, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedure.