Scar Prevention Techniques

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Scar Prevention & Reduction

The best cure, they say, is prevention. This is so true when it comes to scar prevention. No one wants to live with a scar that could have been prevented.

Preventing scars or scar reduction is therefore a very important part of the healing process of a wound.

Get Rid Of Scars

In this article we look at the many practical steps you can take to prevent scars appearing, once a wound has healed.

They include:

  1. Cleaning a wound properly
  2. Keeping a wound hydrated
  3. Treating wounds caused by burns
  4. Protecting a healing wound from sunlight
  5. Stitch removal timings

1. Cleaning A Wound To Prevent Scarring

The best way to prevent scarring is by cleaning a wound regularly, especially when fresh.

Scar Prevention By Cleaning Wounds

The wound and area around it must always be kept clean. It not only helps to prevent scarring but also prevent infections, itching and irritation. 

Never reuse an old dressing. You must always use a fresh clean one.

How To Clean A Wound

  • Wash the area around the wound at the very least, once a day.
  • Use a gentle soap and warm water to remove any potential dirt, germs and debris.
  • Dry the area with a soft natural cloth, such as cotton
  • Apply an antiseptic cream as instructed by your doctor or pharmacy
  • Cover the wound with a ‘breathable’ wound dressing

Important Notes:

  • Do not use soaps that contain perfumes and dyes. Ask your local pharmacy which is the right soap(s) for cleaning a wound
  • If you’re receiving medical treatment for a wound, you must follow your doctor’s cleaning advice and instructions
  • Do not use antibacterial soap to clean a wound. They are no more effective than a regular soap and may cause more harm than good.

2. A Hydrated Wound Helps Reduce Scarring

If you are able to keep a wound hydrated then it can go a long way to reduce scarring after a wound has healed.

Scar Prevention By Using Petroleum Jelly

Generally speaking, the easiest way to keep a wound hydrated is to use a petroleum jelly, so the wound area does not harden or scab.

A scar is more likely to form when a wound develops a scab. To prevent scarring therefore, requires you to try to prevent or reduce scabbing.

To achieve this, you should always cover a cleansed wound with a petroleum jelly such as Vaseline. It will keep the area around the wound soft and prevent it hardening or scabbing.

Daily Hydration Process:

  • Wash the area around the wound at least once per day
  • Use a gentle soap and warm water to remove any potential dirt, germs and debris.
  • Dry the area with a soft natural cloth, such as cotton
  • Apply petroleum jelly around the area of the wound once you have stopped using any antiseptic cream recommended by your doctor or pharmacy
  • Cover the wound with a ‘breathable’ wound dressing

3. Scar Prevention When Treating Burn Wounds

To prevent scarring from a burn wound you can use a simple plant extract treatment, Aloe Vera. It comes in the form of a gel and is generally used in most scar removal creams.

Aloe Vera & Scar Prevention

It important to always keep a burn wound hydrated. Medical research has found that Aloe Vera does this better and more effectively than any other hydration gel, including petroleum. Aloe Vera also has natural healing benefits.

To prevent scarring, you must apply a 100% natural Aloe gel to the wound daily. This should continue until the wound has healed.

Important:

  • If you have a third or second degree burn that is larger than 3 inches (7.6 cm) in area, you should seek immediate medical assistance.
  • Do Not attempt to treat a severe burn on your own.

4. Protect A Healing Wound From Sunlight

It is important when trying to prevent scarring that your wound is shielded from direct sunlight as much as possible.

Sunscreen Helps Reduce Scarring

Direct sunlight can effect the skins pigmentation, which could leave a wound with a different colour to that of the surrounding skin.

For good measure, it is important to keep protecting the area, even after the wound has healed. Wear long sleeved tops or trousers to cover the relevant areas.

Another preventative measure to reduce scarring is to apply a natural based sunscreen over the recently healed wound, until it fades or disappears completely.

Tips:

  • A sunscreen with a factor of at least 30 should be used
  • If you have a surgery scar then you surgeon will recommend the best ways to keep the wound protected.
  • It is not uncommon to keep a healed wound protected from the sun for up to 1 year.

5. Timely Stitch Removal Helps Prevent Scarring

As soon as your doctor recommends that your stitches be removed, have it done. Do not delay your stitch removal.

Scar prevention is at its optimum when stitches are removed at their earliest time possible. So when your doctor recommends it, do it.

More severe scarring can occur if your stitches out too late. It can even happen if your stitches are taken out too early. So always follow your doctors advice.

Important:

  • Always visit a doctors surgery to have your stitches removed. Never, under any circumstances, attempt to remove them yourself.

General Timings For Stitch Removal

  • 3 -5 days for facial stitches
  • 7 -10 days for stitches on your scalp and chest
  • 10 – 14 days for stitches on your limbs

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