Burn Healing Specialist

Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP -  - Aesthetic Specialist

Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics

Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP

Aesthetic Specialist & Wound Care Specialist located in Houston, TX

As an expert in wound care, Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP, is skilled in evaluating and treating first and second-degree burns in children and adults. At Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics, Dr. Amaya uses advanced techniques and the latest in advanced wound dressings to treat painful first and second-degree burns in the office. He customizes each burn healing treatment to you or your child’s needs, with the focus on controlling pain, healing the wound, and preventing infection and other complications such as scar formation. Don’t delay treatment for a burn injury! Schedule a consultation today by calling the Houston office or requesting an appointment online now.

Burn Healing Q & A

 

What causes burns?

Burn injuries can result from contact with a number of environmental hazards and conditions. Both children and adults can receive burns that range from mild to life-threatening from contact with:

  • Fire
  • Chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Electricity
  • Hot water and other liquids

 

What types of burns can be treated in the office?

After exposure to a hot liquid, flame or another source of heat, the burn injury will be classified as a First Degree, Second Degree and Third Degree burn. 

Dr. Amaya is skilled in assessing burns and creating a custom treatment plan to prevent additional health complications and minimize scarring. Their office is skilled and prepared to treat first and second-degree burns. 

Third-degree burns are usually so severe they require surgery and hospitalization in a specialized burn hospital.

 

What is the difference between a first and second degree burn?

First-degree burns

A first-degree burn doesn’t go beyond the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. Skin may appear red and dry and may begin to swell. A common example of a first-degree burn is a sunburn.

While first-degree burns can be painful, the majority will heal without scars in four to seven days, especially if treated promptly. However, in some situations a first-degree burn may advance and worsen into a second-degree burn if inappropriately management or if treatment is delayed.

 

Second-degree burns

A second-degree burn goes beyond the top layer of the skin and into the deeper layers of the skin. This type of burn usually causes the skin to turn red or pink and blisters form as the skin cells are destroyed. Most burns that arise from contact with hot liquid or touching a hot surface will result in a second-degree burn.

Second-degree burns typically heal within three weeks with early treatment depending on the size of the injury. If left untreated or inappropriately treated, these burns will be slow to heal and can have an increased risk for scars and permanent skin damage. These burns are also at risk for infection if not properly treated.

 

What are the first steps in managing a burn injury?

Treating a burn requires immediate medical evaluation to prevent additional damage to the skin from arising. 

One of the most important interventions following a burn injury is to immediately apply a cool wet towel to the wound. This will reduce the pain and inflammation arising in the injured skin. Gently cleansing the skin of any foreign material and debris will also reduce the risk of infection from arising. 

Administering oral pain medications such as Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen will help relieve the discomfort from the injury. Keeping the burn injury covered is critical for effective healing.

Burns should not be allowed to "breathe" or be left open to air. Using a cool wet towel or nonstick dressing until seen by Dr. Amaya will improve the overall outcome.

 

What treatments are available for burns?

Treatment depends on the severity and location of the burn. Dr. Amaya evaluates the burn and the patient’s overall health to determine the best course of treatment.

In the majority of cases, Dr. Amaya applies advanced wound dressings to protect the skin from infection and reduce the risk of scars. Often the dressings applied in urgent care, ER or a general physician's office reflect outdated treatments with slower healing or difficulties with application. 

Advanced dressings containing medical-grade honey or surfactant gels have been shown to be extremely effective towards healing burn injuries. Such dressings are easy to apply and replaced only once per day.

Dr. Amaya and his staff are very experienced in addressing such wounds, simplifying the treatments and using advanced wound dressing to rapidly heal the burn injury.

The goal of treatment for burns is to restore skin health and prevent other health complications, such as:

  • Scarring
  • Loss of mobility
  • Infection
  • Damage to nerves and muscles

Dr. Amaya also focuses on the psychological impact a traumatic burn can have on a patient, tailoring each treatment plan to meet their needs.

If you or your child suffers any type of burn, seek an evaluation quickly to prevent infections and other complications. Call the office as soon as possible or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature.