The long-lasting effects of burn injuries are one of the things that make them markedly different from other injuries or ailments. Treating a burn injury is often a long and expensive process because of the havoc it can wreak on one's skin and body. Even after treatment, victims can be left with reminders of their injuries in the form of disfiguring scars. Someone can be burned when it isn't his or her fault, but that person is stuck with the daily reminders of the injuries.
But recent breakthroughs in laser treatments could help those who suffer from their burn injury scars to remove them completely. This technology was put on display at a recent conference, where doctors and scientists alike examined ways that this cutting edge treatment can work on scar tissue.
Doctors at the conference continue to refine their craft in order to develop the most effective means possible to treat burn victims. One said that when laser treatment is used, it can both downplay the disfiguring characteristics of burn injury scars and make that tissue more functional.
This technology would be more than helpful considering that victims are surviving from burn injuries at a much greater rate than they used to in the United States. In fact, about 1 million individuals survive serious burn injuries throughout the country each year.
Scarring does not become a factor until long after the injury. A doctor said that scarring gets the worse anywhere between three and seven months after the initial injury. In a personal injury lawsuit when someone sustained burn injuries from someone else's actions, damages to pay for this new treatment could become a factor.
Source: Laser Focus World, "Laser treatment of burn scars helps military and civilian patients," John Wallace, April 20, 2012
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