We recently had a customer inquire about compression products for burns – which products are best to reduce scarring?
Why Wear Compression Garments to Recover from Burns
Compression therapy provides several benefits for patients recovering from burns. Consistent pressure over the site of the burn can minimize the development of scarring by promoting circulation of damaged tissues and flattening raised scars. Additionally, Regions Hospital says that compression garments can reduce itching and extremity pain by supporting the vascular system.
According to the University of Washington, compression garments should be worn for at least 6 months, and in some cases up to two or three years after injury.
Importance of Fabric Choice in Compression
Compression garments are made from a variety of different materials, but wearing garments with antimicrobial properties is best for burn patients. We recommend customers wear garments or bandages that are woven with silver, a naturally antibacterial fiber. Silver fibers can kill almost 100% of bacteria on the skin to prevent infection as well as bad smells from forming. Silver is also known for promoting healing and reducing scarring.
Recommended Compression Products
BrightLife offers a variety of options depending on the part of the body that needs compression.
- Bandaging: Most parts of the body can be reached with bandaging. We recommend starting with a silver fabric, like the Silverseal X-Static Tubular Component and covering it with a short-stretch compression bandage.
- Knee Highs,Thigh Highs and Pantyhose: If your burn is on your leg, there are many different options for compression. Juzo makes a line of silver infused products from knee highs to thigh highs. Additionally, Solidea has a line of knee highs, shorts and leggings for both men and women that are antimicrobial and massaging.
- Arm Sleeves and Gloves: Again, Solidea is a great option for silver infused compression garments.
- Custom Garments: With the help of your medical provider, we can order custom-made compression garments (sewn to your specific measurements) in a number of different brands. Just give us a call at 1-877-545-8585 to learn more.