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Topic Title: What if you are expecting a scar?!
Created On: 09/11/2009 02:42 PM
 
 01/30/2013 01:25 PM

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marie33

This is an interesting topic. It is funny, but I hit my forehead one night, and blood was everywhere. However, I just thought the wound would heal nicely and everything would be okay. I did get part of that right; the wound did heal, but everything was not okay. [br][br]Why? I now have a noticeable scar on face. Granted, it is not overly visible, but you can definitely see it, especially in the light. Now I wish I had visited an emergency room and had stitches; perhaps it wouldn't look as obvious.
 02/27/2012 06:09 PM

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Cher777

Amari, that is great advice. Truthfully, I never would have thought twice about letting an emergency room doctor or primary care physician address stitches on my face. I am sure both types of physicians would exercise the utmost of care, but they may not have access to optimal-sized needles. Concurrently, they might not have a lot of experience in this area. [br][br]Should I ever have the need to go for facial stitches (hopefully I never will), I wil ask for a plastic surgeon if I am in a hosptital setting or go to a plastic surgeon's office if the situation is not an emergency. [br] [br]Thank you!
 06/22/2010 10:07 AM

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RunnersHigh

Hi AmariT, Thank you, I am doing well and the scar does not really bothers me. I do not even remember the last time I looked at it or recognized it. Well, after the work accident I did not think too much about who and how things should be done. Guess I relied on the hospital stuff to really know what is best in class (of my health insurance). What brings you to Scars1? RH
 06/21/2010 01:08 PM

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AmariT

How's your scar doing now, RunnersHigh? I've read that if you get any kind of facial injury, you should insist on your stiches being done by a plastic surgeon. They'll use smaller stiches that are less likely to be result in a visible scar.
 06/01/2010 10:20 AM

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cvwarner

[p]About 7 years ago, I fell while rollerblading and received a horrible wound on my knee that took a while to scab and heal. Although I carefully nursed the wound when it was open, I was not as meticulous as RunnersHigh in caring for it after it had healed. Therefore, today I still have a very light scar in the area, but it is barely noticeable. While my wound is definitely different than yours, I’m sure with time yours will also fade, especially with all the care you’ve been giving it. However, I also agree with spark that it depends on your skin tone. I have fair skin, so my scar blends in pretty well with the surrounding area. Hope you’re well on your way to recovery![/p]
 12/04/2009 10:47 AM

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spark

[p]I think it really depends on your personal health, skin tone, genetics and what kind of care you put into minimizing scar appearance. But from personal experience, I don't think you can really ever get rid of 100% of the scar. Gradually the scar can disappear, but usually you're almost always left with at least a faint scar. Hopefully with your consistent moisturizing and care, it wont be too bad? [/p][p]Personally, I've never had the patience and such to actually take care of my scars (i.e. using scar treatment gels, keeping it moisturized, etc) but I've noticed that they do eventually get lighter and lighter, some of them disappearing after a few years.. Of course, I have dark skin (which scars easily) and I don't take care of it so my scars probably last longer than yours.. Regardless though, eventually, they'll go away. ^^[/p]
 12/02/2009 05:29 PM

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RunnersHigh

So I was wondering how much of my scar will remain? Anybody know anything how many percent of an initial scar usual remains? Thank you.
 11/05/2009 12:18 PM

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RunnersHigh

Thank you spark86. Keeping the scar and the skin area around it moisturized is what many people have told me. In fact, I have been using scar gels, sun block lotions, and other cremes for about 7 weeks. And counting. I try to keep it moist 5+ times/day. Of course, the healing process was very visible in the first 4 weeks, but after that I was no longer sure. Guess I need to have more patience since from that time on healing steps are smaller and less visible, because the scar already became less prominent. 

However, I still hope the scar will completely disappear. False hope - maybe?
 10/19/2009 01:07 PM

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spark

You know what, RunnersHigh, that's a good question..
I did some googling and came across an article about how the weather might impact our health.. I couldn't find much on how the winter cold affects scars specifically, but I did find that it's possible that a drop in atmospheric pressure could cause a "tingling sensation" in scars because of the lack of elasticity in scarred tissue. 
I was also able to find that dryness can cause skin discoloration and scarring because the skin loses its elasticity and ability to heal properly.  This probably means that scars tend to take longer to heal/become more pronounced if they develop in during the winter because of how dry it is. 
I guess the best way to prevent scarring/lessen the effects of scarring during the winter is to make sure to keep your skin moisturized...
 10/16/2009 12:17 PM

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RunnersHigh

What impact does the weather have on your scar development? I heard on NPR the other day that getting a tattoo in the summer is a bad idea since the skin heals better covered/without direct sun exposure. That means if you treat a scar you should better protect it from the sun's impact? What about the impact of cold weather, in particular freezing winters?

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