Reconstructive burn surgery can reduce or minimise the appearance of burns. It can also help reduce pain by easing contracture and can improve mobility.
Burns can be visually unappealing, limit mobility and cause loss of sensation. Most burn victims survive but many of them with serious scarring or physical disabilities. Burn scarring may never disappear but can be made less noticeable with surgery and pain associated with contracture can be eased.
The relationship between the burn patient and the reconstructive burn surgeon often lasts many years. Treatments for scar tissue often take several months to be effective, and new scar contractures can appear long after these injuries, especially in young patients who are still growing.