At Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19,) we are closely monitoring local health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) and are actively following their recommendations.

We are working diligently to reschedule appointments postponed during the quarantine. We also understand you may feel some anxiety about bringing your child into the hospital. Our plans to restart routine care have been thoughtfully developed and implemented to keep everyone safe. We are also scheduling some appointments for new patients. If you have any questions, please call the hospital at 855-206-2096.

Families that have appointments of any kind are asked to arrive with ONLY ONE parent or guardian and no additional family members or guests.

When you arrive for your appointment, if you and your child are not already wearing a mask, you will receive one. You will both be screened for illness and will notice new safety precautions in place to promote clean hands, a clean environment, and social distancing.

We are here for you, and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Available scar treatments

The goal of treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati is to maximize function and help children lead as normal a life as possible. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury/defect.

Depending on the type of injury, the duration of treatment may also include physical and occupational therapy to return the child to optimum functioning. Treatments can be surgical or non-surgical depending on the injury.


Tissue expanders

Tissue expanders are bags made of a rubber-like material, very much like a balloon. Expanders are used in many different places: neck, chest, abdomen, and scalp. The expanders help stretch or expand the skin so that it can pulled over an old injury or the scalp to correct traumatic alopecia, cover wounds, skin deformities, scars, or to cosmetically improve the appearance of old trauma.

Tissue Expanders


Laser treatments

Laser treatments have great potential to improve the appearance of chronic, old, and new scars. Different hand pieces are available to increase the treatment options to include reducing scar thickness, improving the appearance of new scars, eliminating both light and dark hair growth, and treating birth marks.

While the laser helps the medical staff treat more conditions more effectively, there is no way to tell how many treatments are needed. Follow-up treatments are required every six to eight weeks until the best results are achieved.

This laser enables Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati to manage scar and skin conditions to a degree that is not available in many communities.

Laser Treatment


Scar revision

Scars can never be completely erased; however, there are options to improve the appearance of scars or reduce the size of a scar in some cases. This can be done through minimally invasive surgery, use of tissue expanders, and/or complete surgical revision using advanced wound closure techniques.

Scar Revision


Cosmetic consultations

Cosmetic consultations are offered for all kinds of skin conditions and scars. Our makeup artist teaches the basics of skin care and concealing scars or other congenital marks or trauma on the body. This coverage can be done on any part of the body, not only the face. Appointments are arranged through our outpatient department.

Cosmetic Consultations

Compression therapy

Compression garments are worn to help flatten the appearance of scars. These garments are tailored in the hospital to fit the child exactly and apply just the right amount of pressure.

Who needs pressure garments?

If the burn has healed in less than 14 days garments are usually not needed. The scare is managed with massage. Burns that take 14-20 days to heal are monitored closely for the need for garments, however if the burn takes longer than 20 days to heal or was skin grafted, garments are always worn.

Additional treatment options

  • Microvascular surgery, including free tissue transfers and flaps
  • Toe-to-thumb transfers
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