CARE AND USE OF YOUR DEVICE
A Burn Mask is a clear plastic mask used to help compress, soften and stretch scarring on the face. It is most commonly used when compression garments are unsuccessful. Compression garments often “bridge” around the nose and eyes which can result in hypertrophic scarring—raised scars. The plastic Burn Mask eliminates any bridging as it is molded to intimately fit in these areas.
Burn Masks are made of either clear plastic or clear plastic with laminated silicone. The plastic with silicone has proven to be very helpful in softening scars and keeping the mask in position. The Burn Mask is secured in place with elastic Velcro straps that go around the head.
Typically, masks are worn all day and night. They are removed for cleaning and eating and then immediately replaced. Individuals wear the mask from 6 to 24 months. The physician determines when to discontinue using the mask when the scars are no longer “active” or changing. Failure to wear the mask as prescribed will have unfavorable results.
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How to Apply A Burn Mask
- Apply the mask by placing it on the chin and pushing it up and into the face. If the Burn Mask is not positioned properly, it will allow scars to rise. Take care in proper positioning.
- Affix the bottom strap first, middle, and then top strap last.
- To remove, the straps can be unfastened in any order. Slowly pull the Burn Mask off of the face to ensure the skin does not stick to the mask.
How Often Should a Burn Mask be Worn?
An individual should start to wear the mask for ½ to 1 hour three times a day. Increase the wearing time each day until wearing it all day. When wearing a mask for the first time, it is recommended to slowly increase the tension on the straps as well.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Burn Mask should be cleaned every time it is removed. It is recommended to use a mild, hypoallergenic soap. Soaps with deodorants or lotions should be avoided. Thoroughly rinse and dry the Burn Mask before putting back on.
Tips and Problem Solving
- Care should be taken to avoid prolonged exposure of the mask to sunlight or heat. Heat can cause the mask to deform.
- Store the mask in a safe place when not wearing. The material of the mask is brittle and can easily crack.
- If the Velcro tabs of the mask fall off, clean off any Velcro residue first, and then apply a new piece. Do not use crazy glue or similar products to attach the Velcro.
In order to get the most benefit from the mask, monthly adjustments with an Orthotist should be made. The mask will need to be remolded to accommodate changes of the face.