It is difficult to predict the severity of scarring that may occur as a result of burn injury. Minor burns, if healed within an appropriate amount 0f time – less than 10 – 14 days should not leave long term cosmetic defects. However scarring is multifactorial, dependent on the size, location and depth of the burn, as well as age and skin type. Following deeper burns injuries, scar formation and maturation may take up to two years.
The Victorian Adult Burn Service at the Alfred and the Burn Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital accept referrals for the outpatient management of burn scars. Those requiring an burn outpatient review should get a referral form the General Practitioner and send it to the appropriate Outpatient Clinic to organise an appointment. Visit the Outpatient Referral tab for more information.