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Scars are a natural part of the healing process. Scars caused by an injury need time to heal. The body produces collagen to help heal injuries fast. The appearance of a scar depends on multiple factors. The shape, size, and depth of the injury contribute tremendously to the way a scar looks. Total scar prevention may be impossible after an injury, but you can prevent the severity of lasting marks.
A professional should stitch an injury that is deep and spread apart. Stitching helps the skin to heal better and faster. Injuries that need to should be stitched as soon as possible while the wound is fresh. If too much time passes the wound can get in contact with bacteria or germs, which can cause an infection. It is best to see a doctor in a timely manner.
It is very critical to keep the wound moist with petroleum jelly and a non-stick bandage to prevent scarring. By keeping the wound moist, it speeds up the healing process and will minimize scarring.
Do not purchase or fall for any type of scar creams. There is no over the counter product that has been scientifically proven to improve scars.
Avoid the sun to help minimize discoloration.
Do not pick at scabs. Scabs are the skin’s natural dressing. Picking at scabs will only reduce the healing process and increase scarring. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide because it can cause irritation and will slow down the healing process as well.
Healing will take time and possibly years. There are phases of the healing process. Scars never stop changing and improving.
If you have scars we offer various laser treatments that can reduce their appearance. Fraxel is one example of a laser that can reduce acne and surgical scars. Schedule a consultation with one of our expert board-certified dermatologists to discuss your options.