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Utilization of 3-D printing in burn mask production

from Journal of Craniofacial Surgery

Hypertrophic scarring is a significant complication of severe face and neck burns. Burn masks offer an effective treatment. However, the conventional method of making these masks has notable shortcomings. Most notably, the use of alginate to form an impression is a laborious and uncomfortable process, especially for younger patients. To optimize this practice, the authors present a novel method of burn mask production that utilizes a 3-dimensional-printed positive mold to avoid the direct placement of alginate onto burned patient skin. more

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