General Principles of Burn Reconstruction - Abstract
Burns are serious traumatic injuries. Their management follows a well-established hierarchy of priorities. Lifesaving is the primary objective, then after securing survival of the burn victim, treatment aims at functional recovery, and finally aesthetic restoration, both essential for social rehabilitation and for a good quality of life. Deep burn wounds heal by scar formation that may become mostly hypertrophic or progress into frank keloids. Scars invariably retract causing serious deformities and contractions across joints. The following article summarizes the major sequalae observed in most burn survivors and outlines their management protocol.