How to Manage and Reduce Burn Scars

Burn scars are more than just marks on the skin. They are reminders of pain, trauma, and survival. They can affect how we see ourselves and how others see us. They can limit our mobility, our comfort, and our confidence.

But burn scars do not have to define us. There are ways to manage them, to reduce their impact, and to embrace them as part of our story. In this blog, we will explore some of the causes, types, and effects of burn scars, as well as some of the best tips on how to reduce burn scars and manage them.

What Are Burn Scars?

Burn scars appear when a wound is too big or deep for its sides to close up during healing. Scar tissue consists of collagen, the strong substance that the fibroblasts produce (the cells that make fibers and repair all injuries).

We can’t notice the small amount of collagen fiber that develops under the skin in more minor cuts. But in a larger wound, so much fibre is required to cover the space that we can see it. This noticeable tissue is what we name a scar.

What do burn scars look like?

Burn scars are areas of thickened, discolored skin that form after a burn injury. Scar tissue is different from ordinary skin. It is stronger and lacks hair, sweat glands and blood vessels. It might have a shiny appearance and a different color than the surrounding skin.


Some scars are temporary and fade over time; while others are permanent and may require treatment. The likelihood and severity of burn scars depend on several factors, such as the burn’s degree and size, the burn’s location and shape, and the burn survivor’s individual characteristics.

burn scars on the back of a women

Types of burn scars

Burn scars can be classified into three types, depending on their appearance and how they affect the skin:

  • Hypertrophic scars are red or purple and raised above the skin level. They may feel warm and itchy.
  • Contracture scars tighten the skin, muscles and make moving harder. They can also affect the joints and nerves.
  • Keloid scars form shiny, hairless bumps that extend outside the original burned area. They can grow over time and cause discomfort.

Burn Scars Treatment

There are different methods and strategies for how to get rid of burn scars. One of the most common methods is surgery. Here is what you need to know about the surgery.


This is a procedure that removes or replaces the scarred tissue with healthy skin from another part of the body or from a donor. Surgery can improve the appearance and function of the scar.
Some of the factors that affect the outcome of surgery are:

  • The size, location, and type of the scar
  • The availability and quality of the skin graft or flap
  • The skill and experience of the surgeon
  • The healing process and potential complications
  • The patient’s expectations and satisfaction

Surgery may also require multiple sessions and follow-up care. Therefore, surgery should be carefully planned and discussed with our doctor. Prof Dr Robert Hierner is one of the most distinguished Plastic Surgeons in Dubai, with an outstanding international reputation in scar removal and more than 30 years of experience.
Some other common treatments for burn scars also include

Pressure therapy

This flattens and softens the scar by applying constant pressure with a garment or device.


This loosens and stretches the scar by rubbing or kneading with a moisturizer or oil. It can also prevent or break up adhesions.


This keeps the scar hydrated and supple by applying a cream or lotion. It can also reduce itching and inflammation.

Splinting and positioning

This prevents or reduces contractures by keeping the scar stretched or neutral. It also helps maintain joint and muscle function.

Exercise and mobilization

This improves joint and muscle function by performing activities or movements that involve the scar. It also promotes blood flow and healing.

If you’ve suffered from a burn injury, it’s important to work with an expert who can help you develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Our doctor can keep track of your progress and make changes to your plan as necessary.

Consult Prof Dr. Robert Hierner for expert burn scars removal in Dubai

Are you looking for a way to get rid of your scars and restore your confidence? Look no further than Prof Dr. Robert Hierner, the leading expert in scar removal in Dubai.

Prof Dr. Robert has a wealth of knowledge and experience in scar tissue and how it affects the body. He offers comprehensive evaluations and personalized solutions for each patient.

Whether you need a simple scar revision or a complex reconstructive surgery, you can count on Prof Dr. Robert to achieve amazing results with cutting-edge techniques and therapies.

Don’t wait any longer. Schedule your consultation with Prof Dr. Robert today and discover the best scar removal options for you.

Prof Dr. Robert Hierner