What is a burn mask?
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What Is a Burn Mask? A Total Contact burn mask is a clear rigid custom fit plastic material that fits perfectly over a patientís face, and is used to make hypertrophic (raised) scars less visible as the skin heals. It is usually secured with Velcro straps that fit around the patientís head. Since scars grow
continuously, this mask should be worn up to twenty-three hours a day for anywhere from six to twenty four months. A well-fitting burn mask is comfortable and stays in position on the face, and can dramatically reduce scarring if worn properly.
Unlike the old method, Total Contact uses a scanning process to create a burn mask that fits the patient exactly. Before this process was created, a patient who needed a burn mask would have had to use a cast to have it made, which meant applying plaster to the patientís face while he or she remained motionless
for up to an hour, breathing through straws in the nostrils. Now, the patient can be scanned in a few seconds, sitting comfortably in a chair while an image is made of him or her.