7 Things You Can Do to Prevent Scarring of Deep Cuts

If you want to prevent scarring of deep cuts, you can take precautions that will help your cuts heal with less scarring. While it is not possible to prevent all scarring, these seven treatments for scarring will lessen the amount of damage permanently done to the skin.

Keep the Edges Sealed
If you have a deep cut, go to the emergency room to see if you need stitches. If you don't need stitches, see if the doctor will use butterfly tape to keep the edges of the cut sealed. You can buy your own sterile strips or surgeon's glue in the drug store; this works well to seal the edges of a deep cut that needs help healing.

Cover the Healing Cut
Make sure you keep any deep cut covered with a bandage at all times. Change the bandage morning and night and whenever it gets dirty or wet.

Don't Disturb the Wound
Try to leave the cut alone as it heals. Don't disturb the scab; let it fall off by itself when it is ready. Use care when changing the bandage.

Prevent Infection
Apply a thin layer of an antibiotic ointment to the cut twice daily to prevent infection. Any infection can increase the surface area affected by the injury, especially if the infection goes untreated and irritates the area surrounding the initial cut.

Treat the Scar After the Cut has Healed
Once the scar has healed and the scab has naturally fallen off, begin applying one of the following treatments to the scar several times a day. These treatments encourage healing and lessened visibility of the scar. Choose one treatment for scarring and use this treatment until the scar has disappeared:

  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Pure Aloe Vera
  • Ointment containing comfrey
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