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Burn Reconstruction and Plastic Surgery

Burn Survivor & spouse

Program overview

The Johns Hopkins Burn Center has an organized program for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of burn survivors that has had a national and international reputation for nearly twenty years. Plastic and reconstructive surgery improves a burn survivor’s physical appearance and function, which also increases the patient’s quality of life. The reconstruction program applies the same clinical concept of the multidisciplinary approach to reconstructive patients.

The primary focus of the reconstruction program is to use modern plastic surgery services that correct dysfunction and deformities related to burn injury. Additionally, the reconstruction patient is provided psychological follow-up, social work services, corrective cosmetics and other services addressing the diverse late effects of a serious burn injury.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 443-997-9466.

Reconstructive face transplantation

Patients that have had significant burn injuries to the face, scalp, and neck can have severe disfigurements from scarring. This can lead to both functional facial disabilities, as well as potential psychological consequences. Often patients with these particular types of injuries can also feel socially isolated. 

Burn scarring can particularly affect the scalp, ears, eyelids, nose, lips and neck. Injuries to the eyelids, nose and lips can be especially difficult to reconstruct using traditional techniques. This can result in dry eyes, nasal breathing obstruction, and corneal scarring from the inability to blink. In addition, patients can have difficulties lifting their head, opening their mouth, drinking and eating. At Johns Hopkins, patients with severe facial burn injuries, particularly with injuries to the eyelids, nose, and lips, may be candidates for facial transplantation. Learn more about our face transplant program.