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How to prevent a skin wound from turning into a big scar?

How to prevent a skin wound from turning into a big scar?

Cleaning & repair: Some scarring is inevitable, but proper cleaning & repair will prevent unnecessary scarring. The primary causes of bad scarring are infection and improper repair. Your doctor will thoroughly clean the wound and if necessary, give you an antibiotic if there is a significant risk of infection. If sutures are needed, they need to be placed correctly and left in for a sufficient period of time. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wounds is also known as Injuries and wounds. A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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How to prevent a scar on lip from turning white. The scar is 6 months old and is reddish, but turns white i apply pressure. My skin is brown.

How to prevent a scar on lip from turning white. The scar is 6 months old and is reddish, but turns white i apply pressure. My skin is brown.

White is normal: Putting pressue on any skin and then it being white initially is normal because you are pushing out the blood in the microscopic capillaries in the skin. Most scars take at least a year to "mature" and end up like they will look for ever. If you are african american there is a small risk you can develop a keloid which is a large scar. Rubbing it increases the risk. ...Read more

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How do I prevent a scar from getting darker in the sun? It gets darker a lot faster then the other part of the skin

How do I prevent a scar from getting darker in the sun? It gets darker a lot faster then the other part of the skin

No Sun: It is common for scars to get darker in the sun, especially during the first year of healing. I instruct my patients to avoid direct sun for the first year of healing. Sun avoidance, sun block and protective clothing all help. Bleaching creams and treatments to lighten the scar may not always be effective, so in this case, prevention really is the best medicine. ...Read more

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I have this big scrape/cut on my face, how can I prevent it from leaving a scar, can you help me?

I have this big scrape/cut on my face, how can I prevent it from leaving a scar, can you help me?

First keep it: moisturized with aquaphor or vaniply til it heals. Then always keep it covered with sunscreen. Add growth factors like TNS or Neocutis biogel to help it heal and see dermatologist for laser at one month if you still see a mark ...Read more

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I was in a car wreck &i have a facial cut that got stitched up. I get stitches removed in about 3 days. What can I do to prevent a big red scar?

I was in a car wreck &i have a facial cut that got stitched up. I get stitches removed in about 3 days. What can I do to prevent a big red scar?

Avoid the sun: Until the redness is gone. Scars mature for 6-12 months or more. The redness may maximize at about 6 weeks post-injury when the blood flow is maximal. The most important thing you can do is to avoid sunburn or suntan until the scar is mature. Use sunscreen with an spf of 15 or more, a hat, and reapply the sunscreen often. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had emergency ceacrean 40 days ago due to scar opening still have a lot of pain and infection how can heal my wound and prevent scar opening? Help me

I had emergency ceacrean 40 days ago due to scar opening still have a lot of pain and infection how can heal my wound and prevent scar opening? Help me

C-section wound : Your ob/gyn is obviously already treating you as you are on antibiotic medications. You also need topical wound care on a regular basis. Sometimes patients require surgery to help debride the wound. You may be referred to a plastic surgeon either now or later on for lower abdominal contouring. ...Read more

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My skin is dry and peels around my hair follicles. It heals on its own but leaves a little scar. How can I prevent scars? What is this?

My skin is dry and peels around my hair follicles. It heals on its own but leaves a little scar. How can I prevent scars? What is this?

Derm: The kind of skin problem you describe is a bit unusual. I woudl see a derm doctor to make sure of the dx. Get the appropriate treatment to avoid the scars. ...Read more

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How do I heal wounds from acne to prevent scars?

How do I heal wounds from acne to prevent scars?

Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options include fractional lasers or subscision. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more