Preventing scars before they happen can be helpful, but for when you can’t…there’s Scarfade. This is a proven silicone micro-membrane scar gel that moisturizes and dries quickly but without a sticky residue, and it’s a key tool in your scar prevention toolbox. Here are some do’s and don’ts to ensure proper scar prevention.
- Get stitches if you need them. Cuts that are spread far apart or that are very deep heal better when stitched by a medical professional. Make sure you get the wound stitched right after the injury while it is fresh. If you wait too long, the wound could get contaminated with bacteria and germs, and your doctor may decide against stitching it closed due to the threat of infection. Also, if you wait too long, the wound will begin to partially heal, which can hamper suturing efforts.
- Keep the wound moist by applying petroleum jelly or antibacterial gel and then covering it with a bandage to speed healing and reduce scarring. Moist wounds heal faster than dry ones.
- Change bandages frequently. As the wound heals, let it air out at night while you’re sleeping.
- Massage the wound daily with vitamin E, aloe vera or Scarfade. Do this twice a day and use a variety of massaging motions.
- Let the wound heal naturally and be patient. Remember, the first phase of healing takes about three months. The second phase lasts about as long. After a year, a scar will take its final form, but it could still change slightly in appearance beyond a year.
- Have realistic expectations. Even with the best care, scars for deep wounds may be inevitable. Just be sure to treat them well and always use SPF 30 or more when going outside.
- Go out into the sun unprotected. Keeping the area away from direct sunlight will minimize discoloration.
- Use hydrogen peroxide too frequently as it may lead to irritation while slowing down the healing process.
- Pick at scabs. Think of them as nature’s bandages. Picking at them will only serve to slow healing and increase the chance of scarring. If your child can’t resist picking, cover the area with a bandage for as long as it takes to heal.
- Overexert the incision. This could reopen the wound and put stress on your stitches, causing them to come out prematurely. Follow activity restrictions from your doctor until the incision has healed completely.
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