Burns can damage your skin and self-esteem for long periods. Even mild burns can severely damage your skin and lead to permanent scars that cause considerable self-consciousness and physical discomfort. Reconstructive burn surgery in Novi involves using non-surgical and surgical techniques to restore optimal aesthetic appearance and improve the functionality of burn scars.
Scar tissue treatment is a long-term journey
Burn patients usually maintain long-term relationships with their reconstructive burn surgeons. Scar tissue treatments often take a few months to be effective, and fresh scar contractures can also appear later. This is especially true in younger patients who are still growing and whose skin is still developing. Dr. Khan develops a longstanding relationship with his patients to guide them on the most effective path to aesthetic and functional recovery.
Benefits of reconstructive burn surgery:
- Reduce the prominence of burn scars
- Stimulate and catalyze natural healing
- Make wounds less visible
- Release taut skin
- Improve range of motion
- Minimize discomfort caused by scars
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
Your personalized reconstructive burn surgery consultation with Dr. Shaher Khan
The initial step on your path to burn recovery is to plan a private consultation. When preparing for surgery for a burn patient, Dr. Shaher Khan must contemplate your primary grievance. He carefully evaluates the degree of burn scars, reviews your health history, discusses your goals and concerns, and curates a personalized burn surgery in Novi treatment plan accordingly.
Dr. Khan will evaluate the following:
- What tissues are left?
- What parts are missing?
- What sort of donor sites are available?
- Are immature scars present?
- Is there increasing deformity?
- Is an urgent or essential procedure required?
- Is the need for pressure garments and/or occupational and physical therapy indicated?
- Is the deformity stable?
During the initial consultation, you must provide a complete medical history. Clear and transparent communication is vital for the success of your therapy, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about all the medications you are taking. You must also be ready to discuss possible risks and your feelings about the next steps.
What happens during the recovery period?
After the surgery, Dr. Khan will provide thorough post-surgery instructions. If you want the best possible outcome, please follow the directions you are given. Your individual postoperative instructions will depend on your condition and the chosen surgical technique. You will also have follow-up appointments to assess long-term results and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Generally speaking, skin grafts necessitate a “bolster” dressing. These are meant to keep the grafts in place for 3 to 5 days and will aid the skin graft in “sticking” to the wound, which will begin the healing process. If you have a skin graft, you will have two areas of your body to monitor for healing — The burnt area with the new skin and the donor site.
For full-thickness skin grafts, the donor site is simply stitched together. However, for split-thickness skin grafts, the wound heals by reepithelialization (epithelial cells travel from the remnants of the underlying dermis across the wound bed). The donor sites heal within 10 days, progressing through two dissimilar stages of healing — the wet phase (the site is managed with a permeable bandage) and the dry phase (the wound bed dries out).
The follow-ups are usually arranged within two weeks of the operation, and there may be stitches to remove. Additional therapies involving splints or casts may be required in the weeks and months after burn surgery in Novi. To ensure complete recovery of function, you may have to perform certain exercises at home. Please follow the surgeon’s aftercare guidelines to ensure optimal recovery without complications.
Why choose Dr. Khan?
Dr. Shaher Khan is a double board-certified reconstructive surgeon specializing in cutting-edge surgeries to restore your health and wellness. He aims to earn your trust and ensure you leave the office feeling re-energized and understood. It’s not always possible to remove all scarring, but Dr. Khan uses the most effective techniques to improve the look and functionality of your skin. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan to explore your burn surgery in Novi options.