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The goal of treatment at Shriners Children's Ohio is to maximize function and help children lead as normal a life as possible. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury/defect. Treatment may include non-surgical management, physical and occupational therapy to return the child to optimal functioning and appearance. Scars can never be completely erased; however, there are options to improve the appearance of scars or reduce the size of a scar in some cases. This can be done through minimally invasive surgery, use of tissue expanders and/or complete surgical revision using advanced wound closure techniques.

Tissue expanders

Tissue expanders are bags made of a rubber-like material, very much like a balloon. Expanders are used in many different places: neck, chest, abdomen and scalp. The expanders help stretch or expand the skin so that it can be pulled over an old injury or the scalp to correct traumatic alopecia, cover wounds, skin deformities, scars or to cosmetically improve the appearance of old trauma.

Tissue expander before and after

Laser treatments

Shriners Children's Ohio recently acquired a new laser that has great potential to improve the appearance of scars, including reducing scar thickness, improving the appearance of new scars, eliminating both light and dark hair growth and treating birthmarks.

Laser treatments can be more effective, however there is no way to tell how many treatments are needed. Follow-up treatments are required every six to eight weeks until the best results are achieved.

This laser enables Shriners Children's Ohio to manage scar and skin conditions to a degree that is not available in many communities.

Scar revision before and after

Cosmetic consultations

Cosmetic consultations are offered for all kinds of skin conditions and scars. Our makeup artist teaches the basics of skin care and concealing scars or other congenital marks or trauma on the body. This coverage can be done on any part of the body, not only the face. Appointments are arranged through our outpatient department.

Cosmetic consultation before and after

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