Outcome After Treatment With 15% Trichloroacetic Acid Peeling After Facial Black Powder Injury

Aesthet Surg J Open Forum. 2022 Jun 24:4:ojac056. doi: 10.1093/asjof/ojac056. eCollection 2022.


Explosion-related facial black powder injuries are difficult to treat due to traumatic tattooing of powder residue. A common treatment protocol consists of immediate debridement using a variety of surgical techniques with no other adjuncts. The results are often mediocre because of scarring or powder remnants on the skin. The authors present a patient who suffered innumerable black powder tattoos to the face after a cannon explosion treated by initial debridement and serial treatments of 15% trichloroacetic acid peelings with a highly satisfactory result.

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