A third-degree burns goes a layer deeper than a second-degree burn. Therefore it affects and causes trauma to the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Typically the skin becomes charred or will have a translucent white color. With this type of burn there will be coagulated vessels visible just below the skin surface. Burn areas of the third-degree burn can be numb or very painful. Third-degree burns are very slow to heal due the severe trauma to the skin tissue and structures. Scarring with third-degree burns is almost certain.