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Treatment of facial burn scars with CO2 laser resurfacing and thin skin grafting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20613561     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Facial burns are very common and have significant clinical impact. Facial scars are easily recognized in the community and become a source of lifelong guilt, shame, and regret for the patients. In the presented clinical study, we aimed to investigate the effectiveness of CO2 laser resurfacing and thin skin grafting for burn scars of face.
METHODS: Sixteen white men, whose ages ranged from 20 to 26 years (mean, 22 y), were operated on for elimination of facial burn scars. Burn areas were de-epithelialized by CO2 laser. Each area was grafted with a split-thickness skin graft. The follow-up period for these patients ranged from 3 to 15 months, with a mean follow-up period of 9 months.
RESULTS: The scars were successfully treated and converted to a socially acceptable appearance. The color match was good or excellent in all patients. No new hypertrophic scar developed.
CONCLUSIONS: Facial burn scars may be dermabraded in a short time, and a bloodless and smooth raw surface may be created by a flashed-scanned CO2 laser. The CO2 laser resurfacing and thin skin grafting method is effective in treating facial burn scars.
Celalettin Sever; Fatih Uygur; Yalcin Kulahci; Sinan Oksuz; Cihan Sahin; Fuat Yuksel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of craniofacial surgery     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1536-3732     ISO Abbreviation:  J Craniofac Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-28     Completed Date:  2011-01-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010410     Medline TA:  J Craniofac Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1024-8     Citation Subset:  D    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Unit, Gülhane Military Medical Academy and Medical Faculty, Haydarpasa Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / complications*
Carbon Dioxide
Cicatrix / etiology,  therapy*
Facial Injuries / complications*
Laser Therapy / methods*
Skin Transplantation / methods*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide

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