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    Surgical skin scar - I just now suffered an accident, and got 16 Stitches on my face.
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    jeetskin posted:
    Surgical skin scar - I just now suffered an accident, and got 16 Stitches on my face.


    When should I consult a skin specialist in order to avoid a scar OR any preparation I should do to lighten up if not remove it completely?

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    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi jeetskin,

    Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Hopefully you were given instructions to follow to minimize scarring and protect the wound.

    What part of your face did you injure? What type of doctor placed the stitches?

    This information may be helpful -
    Getting Stitches
    How to Care for Sutures
    Taking Care of Your Stitches

    Elizabeth
     
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    Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
    Dear jeetskin,
    The good news is that the skin of the face is very forgiving and scars are usually not too obvious. Good wound care is very important. Clean the wound with soap and water or half-strength hydrogen peroxide diluted with tap water. After cleaning, apply Bacitracin or Neosporin ointment to the wound and cover it with a clean bandage. Do not leave it open to the air. If you normally wash your face twice daily, do the wound dressing twice daily. After the stitches are removed, you can start using a scar cream like Mederma or Biocorneum. It takes a full year for the skin to heal completely, so don't judge the final result on what you see when the stitches are removed.


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