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About Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are a result of skin and tissue damage caused by thermal or other acute exposures. Common causes include fire, scalding liquids, steam, hot surfaces, chemicals, radiation, electricity, and sun exposure. Burn injuries range from first-degree burns, affecting only the outer layer of skin, to fourth-degree burns, which can involve deeper tissues. Untreated burns can lead to infections, fluid loss, breathing problems, and scarring. At Wound and Burn Centers of America, we specialize in managing the full spectrum of non-life-threatening burn injuries, with innovative therapies and a focus on optimizing outcomes.

Signs & Symptoms Of Burn Injuries:

  • Redness, pain, and dryness at the burn site (first-degree burn)
  • Redness, blistering, swelling, and pain at the burn site (second-degree burn)
  • White or blackened, charred appearance at the burn site (third- and fourth-degree burns)
  • Absence of feeling in the burn area (third- and fourth-degree burns)
  • Infections, sepsis, and low body temperature (if left untreated)
  • Scar formation and contractures affecting form and function
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Our Approach To Burn Injury Treatment

At Wound and Burn Centers of America, we take a comprehensive, non-surgical, minimally-invasive approach to treating non-life-threatening burn injuries. Following the latest management guidelines, we employ a series of wound healing measures tailored specifically to any burn injury in Los Angeles. Our treatment protocol includes specialized burn dressings, debridement to remove dead skin and tissue, and strict infection control protocols. We create an ideal wound environment to optimize healing and promote recovery.

To address even the most challenging burns, we leverage innovative technologies and products available exclusively at our practice. These cutting-edge measures encompass Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, laser therapy, bioengineered skin and soft tissue substitutes, non-surgical skin grafting, growth factor-based therapies, and stem cell treatments. In complex cases that require extensive surgical intervention, we collaborate closely with our esteemed colleagues specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery for optimal patient outcomes.

To ensure the best possible results, we emphasize regular, weekly follow-ups and continuous wound assessments. This allows us to monitor progress closely, make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan, and provide ongoing support to our patients on their healing journey.

Burn Injuries FAQs

What is a burn injury?

A burn injury refers to the damage inflicted on the skin and underlying tissues, typically resulting from exposure to heat or other acute sources. It encompasses a range of severity levels and can lead to physical, emotional, and social consequences.

What causes burn injuries?

A burn injury in Los Angeles can be caused by various factors. The most common culprits are thermal sources like fire, scalding liquids, steam, and contact with hot surfaces. Additionally, burns can result from exposure to chemicals, such as acids, drain cleaners, or cement, and radiation, electricity, and even sun exposure, specifically ultraviolet (UV) light. It is important to be aware of these potential causes and take necessary precautions to prevent burn injuries.

Image of a burn injury in Los Angeles before treatment.
Image of firefighter emotional after witnessing a burn injury in Los Angeles.

What is the toll of burn injuries?

The toll of burn injuries is profound and far-reaching. Each year in the United States, more than 500,000 “serious” burn injuries necessitate medical treatment. These injuries can lead to severe physical, emotional, and social consequences. They may result in depression, disability, permanent disfigurement, scarring, loss of limb, and even loss of life. Rehabilitation efforts often extend throughout a lifetime, imposing an immeasurable socioeconomic burden on both affected families and society as a whole.

What happens if a burn injury is left untreated?

If left untreated, a superficial burn injury in Los Angeles can progress and become deeper. Untreated burn injuries can lead to local infections, sepsis (bloodstream infection), fluid loss, hypothermia (low body temperature), respiratory issues, and the formation of scars and contractures that can impact appearance and functionality. Timely and appropriate treatment is crucial to prevent complications and promote optimal healing.

Dr. Hajhosseini, a world-renowned physician and specialist in burn injury in Los Angeles.

What are the types of burn injuries (burn classifications)?

Image of skin after a burn injury in Los Angeles.

Affects the outer layer of skin (epidermis). The burn site appears red, painful, dry and does not have blisters. Mild sunburn is an example. Long-term tissue damage is rare, but changes in skin color may occur.

Involves the epidermis and part of the lower layer of skin (dermis). The burn site appears red, blistered, swollen and can be painful.

Destroys the epidermis, entire dermis, and may reach the innermost layer of skin (subcutaneous tissue). The burn site can appear white, blackened, and charred. Nerve endings are destroyed, resulting in no feeling in the area.

Reaches deeper tissues, potentially including muscle and bone. The burn site appears charred, and nerve endings are destroyed, resulting in a loss of sensation in the affected area. These burns are severe and require immediate medical attention.

Why Choose Wound and Burn Centers
of America for Burn Injury Treatment?

Wound and Burn Centers of America stands out as the premier choice for the treatment of any burn injury in Los Angeles and worldwide. We don’t just follow advancements in burn management; we have actively contributed to their development. Our board-certified wound healing specialist has led a groundbreaking, multi-center randomized controlled trial comparing early and late excision and grafting of intermediate-depth burn injuries, focusing on long-term scar characteristics, patient-centered outcomes, and treatment costs. We are the first providers of wound healing services in the United States to be led by board-certified wound-healing specialists with distinctive fellowship training in both major branches of the specialty: “Complex Wounds” as well as “Burn Injuries”. To receive exceptional care from pioneers in the field, schedule an appointment with Wound and Burn Centers of America today.

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