A New Method for Securing Dermal Substitutes and Skin Grafts to Difficult Portions of the Face Using a Custom 3D-Printed Facemask

J Burn Care Res. 2019 Oct 16;40(6):1015-1018. doi: 10.1093/jbcr/irz128.


Management of third-degree facial burns remains one of the most difficult challenges in burn care. Patients with deep facial burns usually require gradual escharectomy, tangential excision of the wound, and resurfacing with full-thickness skin grafts or dermal substitutes associated with split-thickness skin grafts to provide better and superior cosmetic results. Immobilization of skin grafts and dermal substitutes by reducing shearing forces and hematoma formation underneath is paramount to improve success rates. Due to the irregular shape of the face, the proper immobilization of grafts with traditional methods is often difficult, especially over concave portions of the face. Herein, we report the original use of a custom three-dimensional printing facemask for securing dermal substitutes and skin grafts to difficult sites on the face.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burns / surgery*
  • Facial Injuries / surgery*
  • Female
  • Graft Survival
  • Humans
  • Masks*
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional*
  • Skin Transplantation*
  • Skin, Artificial*
  • Wound Healing