Burns or other injuries that result in the loss of a large area of skin may form a scar that pulls the edges of the skin together, a process that is called contraction. The resulting contracture may affect the adjacent muscles and tendons, restricting normal movement.
Correcting a contracture generally involves cutting out the scar and replacing it with either a skin graft or a flap. In some cases Z-plasty may be used. Several new techniques, such as tissue expansion, are also playing an increasingly important role. Ask Dr. Lesavoy for more information about correcting a contracture. If the contracture has existed for some time, you may need physical therapy after surgery to restore full function.