Preventing Scars From Cuts and Scrapes

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Cuts, scratches, scrapes, and boo-boos are a common part of growing up. (Frankly, they’re a common part of adult life too!) Fortunately, the human body is amazingly resilient, and capable of healing itself quickly and efficiently. Not so fortunately, scars are sometimes left behind as souvenirs.

For those hoping to remove scars, there is hope: cosmetic dermatology is an amazing thing, and it has helped thousands of people throughout the years to minimize or even eliminate the after-effects of all those pesky boo-boos. The ideal, though, is obviously to avoid developing scars in the first place. So what can be done after an accident has already occurred? Here are a few of the most important steps you can take in order to minimize the risk (and severity) of future scars.

● Clean wounds immediately. This is a no-brainer. It helps minimize your risk for infection and allows the wound to heal faster and more naturally. Be sure to clean thoroughly with an antibacterial solution, and to remove any debris (dirt, splinters, etc.) very thoroughly. Then, bandage the wound.

● Keep the area covered. Once your wound has been cleaned and covered, it is important to keep it protected as much as possible. Apart from occasionally changing your bandage and gently cleaning the area, you should have as little contact with your wound as possible. By no means should you ever scratch, pick, or otherwise mess with the developing scab–even though this can be tempting at times.

● Avoid stretching the skin around the area of the wound. (I.e. during physical activity.) This can break the skin, reopen the wound, and slow down the healing process.

● Avoid exposing your cut to the sun. Excessive exposure to UV rays can damage the skin at any time, but skin that is already wounded is especially susceptible.

● Moisturize. Keeping your cut bandaged should help keep it more moisturized than if you simply left it exposed, however, once a scab is fully healed, it is a good idea to moisturize the area in order to avoid skin cracking, which can set back the recovery process and increase the risk for scarring.

Do you have a scar that you could live without? You have options! Laser scar removal can help repair and remodel your skin in order to minimize or even eliminate scars. Contact us today to learn more.

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