Post Burn Contracture
Post burn contracture is the tightening of the skin after second or third degree burns. When skin gets burnt, the surrounding skin begins to pull together in an attempt to heal the burns area, resulting in a contracture or scar formation. It needs to be treated as soon as possible because the thick scar can result in restriction of movement around the injured area.Burn scar contracture may improve partially with the passage of time and physiotherapy and splinting. In cases with restriction of movements & aesthetic deformity, contracture needs to be released. Techniques may include local skin flaps (z-plasty)or skin grafting (full thickness or split thickness).