Military dermatologists making strides in applying treatments for wounded warriors to injured civilians

Military dermatologists making strides in applying treatments for wounded warriors to injured civilians

To aid in the function and appearance of battlefield scars, military dermatologists began experimenting with ablative fractional laser surgery — known to improve the appearance of acne scars. Results over the last seven years have been impressive, and dermatologists now are treating civilians injured from car accidents, fires and job and household accidents with this laser therapy to enhance scar and wound healing.

via Cosmetic Surgery News — ScienceDaily:

For the millions of men and women serving in the U.S. military, injuries are a job hazard that can be nearly impossible to avoid in the line of duty. As a result, many in the military suffer from scars and wounds that, in some cases, last a lifetime and pose considerable challenges by restricting motion in affected limbs when performing common, everyday activities.To aid in the function and appearance of battlefield scars, military dermatologists began experimenting with ablative fractional laser surgery — known to improve the appearance of acne scars. Results over the last seven years have been impressive, and dermatologists now are treating civilians injured from car accidents, fires and job and household accidents with this laser therapy to enhance scar and wound healing.Information was provided by board-certified dermatologist Chad M. Hivnor, MD, LtCol, USAF, MC, FS, staff dermatologist (Chief Research, Chief Lasers) for the San Antonio Military Health System.Dr. Hivnor recently received the Paul W. Myers Award from the Air Force Association for his work using fractional lasers to treat scars and improve range of motion for wounded service members. The Paul W. Myers Award honors the Air Force medical corps officer who has made the largest contribution to the overall health and well-being of men and women in the branch.Physical and Cosmetic Aspects of Scars Improve With LaserAblative fractional lasers work by delivering very tiny columns of heat quickly to the top and deeper layers of skin, which produces a wound that heals with the help of the surrounding healthy skin tissue. When Dr. …

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