Normal undamaged skin is made up of connective issues in the dermis that form a three-dimensional mesh or collagen fibers aligned parallel to the skin's surface. The skin applies pressure against it's underlying layers. Under normal circumstances, the pressure that the skin puts upon the body ensures that injured skin is replaced to its original state without scarring.
When burns destroy the skin and the papillary dermis normal pressure by these layers no longer exists. Without this pressure, hypertrophic scars will form irregularly causing possible deformities. Pressure garments prevent and control the formation of hypertrophic scars by applying counter pressure to the wounded area. Pressure garments aid in reducing the effects hypertrophic scarring there by reducing scarring and deformities.
The continuous wearing of pressure garments prevents the thickening, buckling, and nodular formations seen in hypertrophic scars. A soft pliable elastic scar develops which allows for normal joint movement. The external pressure applied by the garments decreases inflammatory response and the amount of blood in the scar, reducing itching and prevents collagen from synthesizing. Additionally pressure garments provide protection against injury.
Pressure Garment Care
Pressure garments play a vital role in the proper healing of wounds and reduce the effects of scaring, but for the garments to perform their job properly, they need to be in good condition. Remember if you have any questions or concerns about your pressure garments contact your therapist as soon as possible. Below are a few tips for keeping your garments clean and in good condition.
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