The Ariel Center provides exceptional wound care treatment following injuries such as burns, non-healing surgical wounds, and scars related to oncoplastic surgery. 

Burn Wound Care

Burns wounds are exceedingly common and affect both adults and children. These wounds can cause severe skin damage as the surrounding skin cells begin to die. Various factors can cause burns, including:

  • Scalding from hot liquids
  • Sun exposure
  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Hot tools such as irons and hair appliances
  • Fires

While some burns may heal quickly on their own, more severe or extensive burns require professional wound care to ease uncomfortable symptoms while promoting healing. Typical complications from burns requiring professional attention include:

  • Infections caused by bacteria entering the broken skin
  • Blood loss
  • Tendon or bone damage
  • Shock
  • Nerve damage in more severe cases
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The signs that indicate when you should seek wound care treatment for your burn, such as from The Ariel Center, include:

  • It is more significant than three inches in diameter
  • It is becoming more painful or has an odor
  • You have a high temperature
  • Your skin is white or waxy
  • The burn has turned a dark brown color
  • Your skin is raised or leathery in texture
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Non-Healing Surgical Wounds

Non-healing surgical wounds occur when an incision made during surgery doesn’t heal properly. While rare, non-healing surgical wounds frequently result in infection, gangrene, and other life-threatening conditions.

Anyone who undergoes a surgical operation risks developing a non-healing surgical wound. However, some of the conditions that may increase your risk include the following:

  • Being overweight
  • Having diabetes or another chronic medical condition
  • Smoking
  • Eating an unhealthy diet
  • Being middle-aged or older

You’re also more likely to develop a non-healing surgical wound if you:

  • Need emergency surgery
  • Have abdominal or intestinal surgery
  • Need an operation lasting longer than two hours

The symptoms of non-healing surgical wounds vary based on the type of surgery that caused the wound but commonly include:

  • Fever
  • Pus or drainage
  • Increased pain
  • Redness at the surgical site
  • Dry or flaky skin
  • An unpleasant odor coming from the wound

You can significantly lower your risk of developing a non-healing surgical wound by:

  • Carefully following Dr. Rancati’s recovery instructions
  • Attending all of your follow-up appointments
  • Taking your medications as prescribed

If you develop non-healing surgical wounds following an operation, do not wait to obtain professional wound care treatment, as prompt intervention can prevent further complications. A non-healing surgical wound can significantly affect your quality of life and requires immediate treatment. At the Ariel Center, we will evaluate your wounds and recommend a comprehensive treatment plan.

Oncoplastic Surgery Scar Wound Care

Scars are, unfortunately, permanent and inevitable with oncoplastic surgery procedures. However, they can improve and fade for up to two years based on size and location. Some people are more prone to developing severe scars as age and heredity affect scar formation.

Advice for minimizing scar formation includes:

  • Applying antibacterial ointments or petroleum jelly to keep the skin moist
  • Changing bandages daily to keep the area clean
  • Avoiding scab picking
  • Minimizing sun exposure to the injured area

You should seek medical care for your scar if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Restricted movement
  • Psychosocial distress

Regarding professional wound care treatment, numerous options are available to improve the appearance of oncoplastic surgery scars while reducing associated discomfort. Some treatment options include:

Topical Treatments

Over-the-counter topical corticosteroids, antihistamine creams, and anesthetic ointments are topical treatments that assist scar healing by reducing itchiness and discomfort. For newer scars that are pink and healing, Dr. Rancati may prescribe more potent corticosteroid creams to reduce excessive scar formation.

Sheets of silicone are commonly used to treat scars from surgery, burns, and other skin injuries requiring hospital treatment. It works by sealing the scar and keeping it hydrated when worn for more than 12 hours per day for several months.

Another option is topical silicone gel, which is self-applied and quickly dries into a thin sheet within five minutes.

Injection treatments

Corticosteroid injections treat scars that are raised, thick, or red. More severe forms of such scars are categorized as keloid or hypertrophic scars. Multiple small injections are made into the scar tissue to reduce inflammation, itching, and pain. Dr. Rancati may administer these injections in four-to-six-week intervals for several months.

Filler injections, such as collagen, fill depressed scars when injected into or under the scar tissue. Results are immediate but not permanent; this procedure is mainly performed for cosmetic reasons and must be repeated every few years to maintain results.

Surface treatments

Skin resurfacing removes the top layer of damaged skin to allow new, smoother skin layers to form. Doing so improves surface irregularities and uneven coloring so that scars are less visible. Examples of surface treatments include:

  • Dermabrasion to manually remove the outer skin layer
  • Chemical peels to remove superficial skin layers
  • Laser therapy precisely removes skin layers with pulsates concentrated beams of light aimed at irregular skin
  • Vascular laser treatment reduces the redness of scars with blood vessels
  • Skin bleaching uses topical creams that lighten skin

Surgical treatments

Scar revision surgery can change the positioning and shape of scars and release a tight scar close to a joint to improve movement.

For scar excision and revision, scar tissue is completely removed, and a flap of adjacent healthy skin reforms the area. When a flap is impossible, a skin graft taken from another body part is used to replace extensive scars.

Z-plasty moves a scar into a natural fold or crease to minimize its visibility while helping to relax or release tightness caused by scar tissue. Tissue expanders use an expandable silicone implant placed under the skin. Eventually, the healthy, stretched skin replaces the excised scar tissue.

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