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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1986 May;77(5):744-51.

Excision of burns of the face.


Sequential excision of burns is now a common technique. Nevertheless, standard texts, when describing the treatment of facial burns, recommend allowing spontaneous separation of the eschar and then grafting on granulation tissue if healing does not occur. This method yielded disappointing results for us and the reconstructive procedures required were of great magnitude. Therefore, in January of 1979, we began primary excision and grafting of those face burns not essentially healed at 10 days. We have now treated 16 consecutive patients (approximately 5 percent of all face burns) in this manner who are at least 12 months postinjury. Three were lost to follow-up, leaving 13 for evaluation. This method yields better appearance and function than that obtained by allowing spontaneous healing over more than 3 weeks or grafting on granulation tissue and decreases the magnitude of subsequent reconstruction.

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