Contractures due to burns or other injuries resulting in the loss of a large area of skin may form a scar that pulls
the edges of the skin together, a process called contraction. The resulting contracture may affect the adjacent muscles and tendons, restricting
Correcting a contracture usually involves cutting out the scar and replacing it with a skin graft or a flap. In some
cases a procedure known as Z-plasty may be used. And new techniques, such as tissue expansion, are playing an increasingly important role.
If the contracture has existed for some time, you may need physical therapy after surgery to restore full function.
After Scar Revision
With any kind or scar revision, it's very important to follow your surgeon's instructions after surgery to make sure
the wound heals properly. Although you may be up and about very quickly, your surgeon will advise you on gradually resuming your normal
As you heal, keep in mind that no scar can be removed completely; the degree of improvement depends on the size and
direction of your scar, the nature and quality of your skin, and how well you care for the wound after the operation. If your scar looks
worse at first, don't panic-the final results of your surgery may not be apparent for a year or more.