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The Wound And The Scar
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
I got a skin infection 3 weeks ago between eyebrows. The scab is coming off, and skin is missing and it is a deep wound. Will it scar? What can I use?
Scar: Yes, you will scar. You need to keep the area from drying out and do not remove the scab until it is ready to fall off. There are silicone tapes and creams such as Mederma OTC gel. You may need to have resurfacing or additional treatment in the future to reduce the appearance of the mature scar. You are also advised to avoid direct sun exposure to minimize Inflammatory hyper pigmentation of scar. ...Read more
I had a shave biopsy yesterday on my leg and noticed that there is a large flat black spot in the wound. Mole? Scab? Scarred tissue?
Wait few days: To heal, and biopsy report if any additional treatment is needed. ...Read more
"Scar"?: Absorbable sutures used in a circumcisn will typically resolve in 1-1/2 - 3 weeks. Your skin should heal (usually without a significant scar) with the basement membrane approximating after 2-1/2 weeks. You should be able to swim/tub bath by 3-4 weeks, but you should refrain from intercourse for at least 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Unpredictable...: Any cut to tissue will heal with a visible "scar'; likewise, does cut for incision. But its visibility is unpredictable, depending upon personal body nature and possible wound infection, most and most of times, the healing of circumcision is uneventful and well in 1-2 weeks. But still remember: incision-related scar takes up to 1 year or longer to mature. Ask doc timely. ...Read more
Does picking a scab cause a scar? How do I keep a wound from scarring? And how do I fade an existing scar?
After dermabond is peel off from wound will there b scar of wound or after how many days skin become normal?
Scar lingers: Derma bond doesn't remove scar completely. There will still be a scar line. Derma bond reduces the thickness and color of scar. It keeps skin as close to normal color as possible and reduces the appearance of scar line ...Read more
Doesn't hurt.: There are many ways and medications used to prevent and treat scarring. None are 100 percent tried and true. Keep the wound moist initially. Don' let the scar get sun, use good sunscreen You may massage the wound gently after initial healing with a good moisturizer, this is where the aloe comes in. If there is keloiding, excessive scarring, see your physician. Good luck. ...Read more
I had a big mole removed from my shoulder recently, but im lifting weight which cause the skin to move, can it cause the wound to scar? Or its ok?
Go easy for now: You might want to work some other body parts for the next two weeks, and leave the sutures in a bit longer, if you don't want the scar bigger than it needs to be. I'm really glad you're lifting -- it's a wonderful gift to yourself that no amount of money can match. Best wishes. ...Read more
I had Carpal tunnel surgery a year ago and got Mersa in surgical site then had surgery to cleanse the wound. My scar has recently become very swollen?
Further eval needed!: If surgery done one year ago? Why swelling now? . did you re injured it? Is it hypertrophied from keloid? . Keloid is a thick, elevated scarring from the healing of the incision. Some skin types heal that way- it is difficult to answer if not seen in person. If painful or fever, should be seen by internal medicine, dermatology or Ortho. ...Read more
I experience extreme joint flexibility, chronic joint pain and stiffness, poor wound healing, and my scars tend to "split" and grow wider. Why?
Ehrlers-Danlos Synd: See genetics Specialist for counsellingGet a more detailed answer ›
I have ingrown hairs all over my legs whether I shave or wax. It's very itchy and only leaves wounds and scars. Is there any way to treat my legs?
Soprano xl: Laser hair removal if your hair is dark. ...Read more
Natural Process: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. ...Read more
Removal lvs scars: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. Scars forms as a result and have many different appearances and colors. Dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. Surgery can remove them if needed. ...Read more
Not really: Scars show healing, but healed skin is only 80% as strong as new, original skin. The pigment or color of scars can fade with time, but the scar, or mark always remains. Surgical scars r a good example of this. To my knowledge, any product advertised to reduce appearance of scars only affects the color (if at all) & not the mark. Save ur money by avoiding these gimmicks & just wait 4 d scar to heal ...Read more
Do superficial and very small wounds scar? When I say superficial I mean skin came off you see blood but no dripping and very small.
Igot an accident and got12 stiches. 5 days later they were taken off and now I'm wondering when can I uncover the wound and start using a scar lotion.
That is: Certainly possible. Take care.Get a more detailed answer ›
Expedite skin healing besides diet/exercise, esp face? What used to take me weeks now takes me months when it comes to wounds, scars, or pigmentation.
Eating well is: Important for wound healing and at your age, you should be healing quite quickly. But remember any sun exposure will delay wound healing. Also nutrition is key. Often if we eat normally, food is processed so many natural vitamins and minerals necessary for wound healing are missing or low. So try eating organic, lots of protein and vegetables. STay with whole foods (apples, not applejacks), ...Read more
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
Plastic surgeon: Scars hard, they can inject steroid but best is cut it out and plastic surgeon knows how best. ...Read more
Deep cut, joint of my finger, it was glued 10 days ago, bandage off, wound had been reopened, now scarring across the gap, too late for stitches? Scar
Is it ok 2 do breast plastic surgery if I'm a smoker? H.long should wait after z surgery 2 swim in pool/sea? H.long ds it take 4 wound&scar 2 disappear?
Tobacco raises risks: Tobacco use via smoking definitely increases your risks of wound healing problems. However this depends on the extent and nature of the surgery. Typically most can return to swimming around 3-6 weeks but it depends on the scar and healing. SCARS NEVER DISAPPEAR but they will I prove over 2 years. Why don't you ask your surgeon these questions? ...Read more
I have a 2nd degree burn on my finger (1/2'x1/2'). There was a blister there and the skin was peeled off. What could I do to reduce the wound scarring?
Had a 3 CM deep wound about 3 months ago and scar seems a little bit redish but there is no pain at all, is that normal?
Normal healing: Your scar appears to be going through a normal phase of healing. The redness and firmness in a scar takes 9 months on average to settle. Use a scar care cream and sunblock. See a plastic surgeon if you have any concerns. ...Read more
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
I think I got a really bad skin, when its wounded it takes too long the scars disappear or maybe never disappear, what can I do?
Avoid injuries: Bleaching you skin makes condition worse. Use moisturizing lotion and drink lots of fluid. ...Read more
I have a 5 inch slice wound on my chest and the scar still hurts with certain movements is this a worry?
Keloids are raised and look shiny and dome-shaped, ranging in color from pink to red. Some keloids become quite large and unsightly. Aside from causing potential cosmetic problems, these exuberant scars tend to be itchy, tender, or even painful to the touch.
You can go to the doctor and get a cortisone shot in the scar which will soften the tissue. ...Read more
Will a skin flap wound on a finger pad create scar tissue? What is the likelihood that the scar won't be apparent once all is healed?
Uncomplicated: Superficial tears or lacerations or abrasion do no usually leave scars ...Read more
I suffered from a 2nd degree burn on my chest, my wound had blisters, it left a scar. I applied contractubex gel but it made the scar itchy and red. Help.
Wound below eye, how to avoid scarring? Using antibiotic ointment before sleep and washing face in morning. Worried about ointment getting in eye.
Avoid eye: Agree avoiding the eye is important. Neosporin/Neoderma would be suggested. Perhaps having a doctor look at your face and eye would be helpful? ...Read more
Scar and makeup: After an injury that required sutures, the wound is stable enough for makeup after about 15 days. At that point, there is adequate tension across the scar to tolerate gentle manipulation (i.e. application of makeup). Furthermore, you can hide the scar with a makeup called DermaBlend which you can use until the scar has faded a bit ...Read more
Be careful!: I am not a fan as it is well-known that 20% of patients who use neosporin regularly will become allergic to it! Applying any of these products to a scar is useless and there are safer products to use on wounds (polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or bacitracin, for example). I really can't think of any reason one would want to apply 2 of these products at once, unless you want an itchy red rash! ...Read more
If you keep reopening a wound and slow it's healing, does that make it more likely for you to develop a permanent visible scar?
Yes.!: With increasing risk of infection as well ...Read more
wound on my lower back seems to have healed fine, only thing is the scar seems to have an SLIGHTY reddish color. Been there for 5yrs. Is this normal?
Yes: Some scars keep a few extra blood vessels after they form from the red granulation tissue -- you've probably seen this under scabs removed too soon. It's fine and I wouldn't try to do anything about it. Be glad for good healing. ...Read more