Contracture release

What is a burn scar contracture?

A burn scar contracture is the tightening of the skin after a second or third degree burn. When skin is burned, the surrounding skin begins to pull together, resulting in a contracture. It needs to be treated as soon as possible because the scar can result in restriction of movement around the injured area.

What is contracture release surgery?

Contracture release surgery can be performed in order to alleviate restrictions in motion and improve aesthetics. Every effort is taken to ensure defects after contracture release are be replaced with donor tissues which have matching texture and colour as well as enough pliability. Techniques may include:

  • Local skin flaps - further information about flaps can be found here
  • Skin grafting (full thickness or split thickness) - further information about skin grafts can be found here