Healing Burn Scars

Hailey Woodall is still dealing with the aftermath of an accident that happened 12 years ago. When Hailey was 19 months old, she spilled a pot of scalding water on herself.
"I kind of just grabbed it because I was trying to look up like that, and tilted it onto myself", she says.

Hailey burned 40 percent of her body.

Hailey's mom, Tiffany Woodall says, "It was horrific. I said I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy to go through that."

Hailey spent months in the hospital and had numerous skin graft procedures. But years later, her burn scars were still causing problems.

Hailey's scars were affecting the growth of her breast and preventing movement in her arm. So plastic surgeon, Dr. Bahar Bassiri Gharb, MD of The Cleveland Clinic put a saline-filled expander under Hailey's normal skin to gradually stretch it out and grow new skin. After a few months, she took the expander out, removed Hailey's old scars, and used the new skin to cover the area.

"So with this surgery, we removed half of Hailey's scars and covered them with normal skin," explains Dr. Gharb.

Now, Hailey can raise her arms.

She says, "I can go all the way up and before I could hardly go like this."

And she's got her confidence back!

"She's just so much happier, and she smiles more," says her mom.

Hailey still needs at least two more surgeries to fix her scars. The tissue expansion procedure she had is also commonly used during breast reconstruction.

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