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Old 12-26-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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Any tips for scar prevention (stitches on forehead)?

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16 stitches on forehead done in ER; stitches to be taken out in 2 or 3 more days. Concerned about scarring and what I can do to reduce the look of the scar (other than wearing bangs).

Long back story involves a rainy night, 1:30 AM, a possum on the fence, an open dog door, 3 barking dogs, ivy, and a stone border on a walkway. Read in a woman tripping while carrying a wiggling small dog, deep cut on forehead, the early hours of 12/24 at the ER, etc., etc., etc. Ugh!

Do you have any tips for reducing the appearance of scarring once the stitches are out? I'm using antibiotic ointment on my stitches now.

Thanks...!

 
Old 12-28-2006, 10:31 AM   #2
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Re: Any tips for scar prevention (stitches on forehead)?

ugh! sounds like something that would happen to me! I have some scars right now I've been putting Vitamin E oil on and that seems to help! In my case it involved a crazy cat who went psycho on me one morning.. 3 gashes later (thankfully no stiches involved).. it's been over a month now and they are fading pretty well. You may also want to look into the Mederma scar ointment. It worked pretty well for a surgery scar I have (although you can still see it but that's because it was a bad incision!).

 
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: Any tips for scar prevention (stitches on forehead)?

My story in a nutshell....

Nasty car wreck, two broken legs, 7 surgeries, 150-200 stitches/staples, scars all over the place.

I keep them there and I leave them as a memory of what I went through and a reminder that I shouldn't be here today. Don't knock the scars. You might like them.

 
Old 12-28-2006, 05:44 PM   #4
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Re: Any tips for scar prevention (stitches on forehead)?

I'll try using a combination of your ideas - Vitamin E, Mederma, and a positive attitude. Thanks for sharing them. The doctor removing the stitches suggested a strong sunscreen for the first year, moving up to zinc oxide when planning to be in the sun to avoid a permanent white mark.

I'm glad you're okay now!

 
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