Regardless of what you opt to call those pesky lines and grooves that appear between your eyebrows, if you’ve got them you probably loathe them. Why? Because they can make you look weary. Or angry. Or like someone who needs to constantly be asked, “What’s wrong” ALL. THE. TIME.
What does this mean for patients? Well, first and foremost, it means that injuries that couldn’t have been repaired previously – before the technology was available – probably wouldn’t have been routinely successful. Microsurgical techniques allow surgeons to do things like reattach fingers that have been amputated, or to transplant sections of tissue (muscle, bone, etc.) from one area of the body to another. All of this culminates into the surgeons’ ability to (re)attach blood vessels and nerves, allowing the transplanted tissue to thrive in its new location AND so that the feeling (sensation) of the tissue can be maintained.
Before committing to a procedure, discuss your options with your healthcare provider and take some time to think everything over. Surgeries aren’t procedures that you should rush into (with the exception of emergency surgery). Make sure you consider all alternatives and weigh the pros and cons before committing.
Blistering. If the burn is bad enough, the cells in the dermis (which is below the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin) will become damaged as well, creating a 2nd-degree burn as well as blistering.
Melanin. Melanin is a type of pigment molecule that resides in your skin. Melanin is, surprisingly enough, responsible for some of the warmth that you feel when you’re out in the sun – in fact, that feeling of warmth comes from those pigment molecules absorbing and converting all those UV rays (that are hitting your skin) into heat.