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The Berns Triplets: Hope For Third Degree Burns


Severely burned from a house fire 22 years ago, Chandra, Jordan, and Trae Berns found Dr. Jill Waibel, one of the pioneers in scar and burn treatment to help them with their third degree burns.

Berns Triplets Before After Dr. Jill Waibel
The Berns Triplets, Photo Courtesy of Dr. Jill Waibel
Chandra, Jordan, and Trae Berns have lived their entire lives with a painful reminder of one tragic and horrible night. While they slept in their crib, a fire burned through their house that would eventually leave them motherless and with third degree burns all over large sections of their bodies.

They thought the burn scars would never go away and at best, should be something to be endured until one day, one of the triplets, Trae stumbled across an internet video of Dr. Jill Waibel performing a fractional laser treatment. She used a new technology that inspired the girls to make an appointment right away. The new Lumenis UltraPulse CO2 fractional laser works differently than its predecessors by utilizing a deeper resurfacing technique. The laser is able to penetrate several layers of skin to reach the collagen below and stimulate growth, bringing about dramatic results.

UltraPulse delivers fractional treatments encompassing ActiveFX, DeepFX and TotalFX. Each procedure involves treating only a fraction of the skin's surface, leaving untouched skin to aid in the regeneration process. UltraPulse, the gold standard of CO2 lasers, is used to deliver a variety of low downtime treatments that can be customized.

In an exclusive interview with American Health and Beauty, Dr. Jill Waibel discusses treating burn scars. Dr. Waibel says that fractional resurfacing isn't the only tool in her arsenal to treat scars. "I approach each scar like a work of art, so fractional [resurfacing] is always kind of the beginning stages because you're trying to make a thick scar thinner or a thinner scar thicker and a red scar less red and a brown scar less brown - so you have to look at what your goals are with that patient in that location and for that scar."

The Berns triplets have started a new foundation called Three for Hope. The foundation seeks to assist those in need of treatment following fire, including laser skin treatments such as what the girls have had, support and resources for the survivors, and they hope to begin providing household items for families who've lost their homes in a fire.

See Dr. Waibel discuss the treatment of the Berns triplets below: