Scar Prevention: Do This and Don’t Do That

Scars are the last thing we want after suffering an injury or having surgery. Yet they can and do happen, some much more pronounced than others. While scar formation is inevitable in some circumstances, how fast your scar fades and to what degree is entirely in your hands. What you do after an injury will dictate greatly how much a scar will appear, or if one will even appear at all.

To Prevent Scars, DO THIS

  • Any wound should be kept moist with petroleum jelly or antibacterial gel, then covered with a bandage until it closes up. This will hasten healing and reduce scarring. Dry wounds simply don’t heal as fast as moist ones that are well cared for.
  • Change bandages as needed, such as after a shower. Let it air out when sleeping, but other than that, keep it covered to keep bacteria out.
  • Massage the wound each day gently. To facilitate this, use vitamin E, aloe vera or Scarfade.
  • Stay patient and vigilant by allowing the wound to heal on its own time. It takes about three months for the initial phase of healing to take place, with the second phase lasting another three months. Once a year hits, any resulting scar will take on its final form. Beyond that, it could still change a bit.
  • Set realistic expectations, as scars for deep wounds are inevitable. Get stitches if necessary, as cuts that spread far apart or that go very deep will heal better and more evenly when stitched by a physician. Get it stitched while it is fresh, as waiting can allow the wound to become infected with bacteria and germs. Your doctor may even decide not to stitch it closed due to the infection threat. Waiting too long also allows the cut to partially heal, hampering suturing efforts.  
  • Use SPF 30 or more on the area when venturing outside.
  • Use Scarfade twice a day, applying this silicone micro-membrane scar gel to the area. It moisturizes and dries quickly with no icky residue left behind.

To Prevent Scars, DON’T DO THIS

  • Go out into the sun without proper SPF protection. Keep the wound away from direct sunlight to keep discoloration at bay.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide for too long or too frequently; this could irritate the wound and hamper healing speed.
  • Pick at scabs. Let them heal and fall off on their own. Remember: scabs are nature’s bandages. Picking at them only slows healing while boosting the likelihood of scarring. Cover the wound with a bandage if you are tempted to pick the scab.
  • Overexert the area, as this can cause the wound to reopen and add stress to your stitches. You don’t want them to come out prematurely.

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