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How can I avoid getting a scar from a cut or wound?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Scars can be avoided by preventing exposure of the incision or wound site to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation. Other recommendations include silicone gel spray twice a day, vitamin E cream or direct oil, keeping the site clean and dry, and suture removal at the appropriate time by the surgeon. 
Tara Whitworth
Nursing
Unfortunately, some scars, such as surgical scars, cannot be prevented. There are things you can do to help lessen the appearance of a scar. Don’t expose wounds to sunlight for at least a year, as sunlight causes the scars to turn a red or purple color. Keep the wound clean and do not pick at the wound or scab. Once the scabs have healed, and the wound is closed, you can use a scar treatment cream. Use gentle massage to apply the cream, as this will help to flatten out the scar. If you have a scar that has not healed properly or that you are unhappy with, talk to your doctor. You may be a candidate for scar revision.

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