Forget the Past — Avoid Scars!
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
When there is a cut in the skin, our bodies naturally work to repair it as soon as possible. Although this is a good thing, healing may come with the formation of scars — and nobody just likes having unsightly marks around their once flawless skin. But here’s the catch: The appearance of scars can greatly depend upon how the wound has been treated and healed. With proper wound care and professional advice, you can avoid getting scarred by:
Keeping the wound clean
It is important to keep any skin injury clean as much as possible. This can be done by gently washing the affected area with water and mild soap to remove foreign debris and keep the germs out before they infect the wound.
Keeping the cut moist
Injured skin tends to heal more quickly when it is moist. Apply petroleum jelly to the area to prevent it from drying and eventually forming a scab. Mind you, wounds that have produced scabs can take much longer time to completely heal. This tip can also spare you from having itchy, deep, or large scars. You may even be able to skip the anti-bacterial ointments if you keep your routine of keeping the wound clean.
Covering and changing bandages
Once the wound has been cleaned and applied with a moisturizing ointment, it is important to cover it with an adhesive bandage. Also make sure to regularly change the bandage to keep the injury clean at all times. If your skin is sensitive to adhesives, you can always resort to gauze pads that are non-adhesive and make use of paper tape.
Applying sunscreen when wound is healed
Once the wound has been healed, protect it from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Reapplying it frequently to the affected area can help to reduce the discoloration of the wound and to minimize the appearance of scars faster.
Trying scar revision surgery
If a scar has remained too long in the skin that even ointments and creams cannot help, a scar revision surgery can help you achieve flawless skin again. It is done to correct skin changes that have been caused by a simple wound, skin injury, or stitches from a previous surgery.
Your plastic surgeon will tell you more about this procedure. Our scars remind us of the past, but having none of it might even be better! Call us today at (312) 971-6902 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cheung.
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