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A 17-year-old female asked:

i just got scratched on my cheek yesterday and i really want to get rid of it asap! please help

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Dr. Adam Bodian
Dermatology 35 years experience
Keep gooey: No one wants a frankenstein scar even this close to halloween. During the day, keep the scratched area gooey with vasaline petroleum jelly. When you get home at night, put on a product called "scar-guard". If you live in a warm sunny place, you have to keep the area protected with a broad spectrum sun block (spf greater then 30).
Dr. George Yang
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Cover w/ ointment: If the scratch does not require stitches, the simple and effective thing to do is to keep the scratch covered with antibiotic ointment, a&d or just vaseline. Skin cells can "crawl" across a moist environment and cover the "raw" area of the scratch. However, if you let it dry up and scab, the scab becomes a physical barrier preventing the skin cells from crawling and covering the raw area.
Dr. Jorge Valdes
Wound care 25 years experience
Apply pure aloe vera: As long as it is not an open wound or infected you can apply pure aloe vera over the area which will expedite the healing process.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

I have a sac filled with fluid on the inside of my cheek. How can I get rid of it?

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Dr. Fay Gyapong
Dentistry 31 years experience
Fluid: If you feel that you have a lesion inside of your cheek, i advise you to have it evaluated by an oral pathologist or oral maxillofacial surgeon immediately and not treat it yourself.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

How to get rid of cheek fats?Do any exercises work?

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Dr. Stephen Keiser
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Exercise burns fat: Exercise will burn fat but in general, no type of exercise can selectively burn fat from only specific areas like just from your abdomen or cheeks. Specific exercises may however tone up the muscles in a specific area, and this may cause that area to appear more fit.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

There is a blackish patch on my right cheek.. It has been there for couple of years now.. How do I get rid of it ?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Bleaching vs laser: Can't be for sure what kind of patch you have and on facial cheek or below? I assume on face: since it is there 4 several years, likely not concerning for cancer. You must minimize sun exposure. Discuss with your doc about potential use of a bleaching cream or possibly seeing a doc who does laser treatments. Even with treatment, avoiding sun exposure is key to keep it lighter! good luck.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how one get rid of cheek fat?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Plastic surgery: Spot fat loss does not occur naturally.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of my cheek fat?

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Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Buccal Fat Rx: Excess cheek tissue is most common from the Buccal fat compartment which can be reduced under local anesthesia through a small incision in the back of the mouth. Chubby cheeks should be treated conservatively because as we age , fat loss from the deeper areas of the face appears and is often restored with fat grafting.

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