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How to prevent a scar forming from an injury?

About two weeks ago I unfortunately had a minor injury, which scabbed up. The scab fell off somewhere between several days and a week ago, and the area is now pinkish and slightly raised. The pink color has been going down somewhat over the past few days, but is still there. I have been putting a silicon-based product on it, as well as keeping it out of the sun. Is there anything else I can/should be doing to prevent scarring?
posted by ClaireBear on Jul 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Why does my old scar do that???

I have an old scar on my knee. When something scratches, bumps, or hits it, it swells up! It's done this the whole time. Why? {photos inside} [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Oct 21, 2013 - 8 answers

How to fix large patches of scar tissue?

I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth on Oct 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me understand what scar tissue on my muscle is exactly? IKYANMD

I am a runner, and soccer player. I have had 3 surgeries over the past 2 years to try to repair my right hamstring muscle from chronic tendionosis, hamstring syndrome, and I had a tenotomy. Now according to my MRI:"At around mid part there is a scar tissue formation of approximately 3 to 4 cm in the biceps femoris muscle which ís the lateral side of the hamstrings. Both above and below the scar the muscle looks perfectly normal." I currently have pain in any jogging, or specific use of my right hamstring muscle. I did rehab for 6 months post surgery in USA, but now I had to come to a small town in China, where there is no rehab. Is scar tissue capable of being my main culprit for me have pain during jogging? How easily is scar tissue removed through foam rolling, deep massage, Active Release Therapy? Is 3 to 4 cm a lot of scar tissue? How long will it take me to remove that much? (ballpark). How can I educate myself on what is going on with my body? Thanks
posted by crawltopslow on Oct 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Just had my allergy breakout (Hives) and my face looks like a map

I have never had an allergic reaction before so I don't know what to do. I just had hives that lasted for 2 weeks. I went to the doctor and they gave me some shots and it was gone in a day, but it came back the second week - I kept taking my meds so the hives are mostly gone now. Some spots were still kind of itchy but its mostly just dark marks on my face. I was wondering if anybody knows how to remove these dark spots on my face because I really feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror and seeing myself like I'm looking at a moon. [more inside]
posted by Johnkx on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

ID my vaccination scar

What vaccine is routinely given to infants in China currently/within the past 20 years that will leave a small (non-keloid) scar at the injection site? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Jun 9, 2013 - 16 answers

I have the face of a 14-year-old...and not in a good way

What are the best products/techniques to get rid of pimples and dark spots on my face? [more inside]
posted by yawper on May 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Plastic surgeon vs Maxillofacial surgeon for stitches on the face

if you get a cut on your face that requires stitches and you go to the ER is it better to ask for a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial to stitch you up? And is the hospital required to give you one if you ask for it?
posted by john123357 on Feb 28, 2013 - 31 answers

What surgery did I have as a toddler?

As a toddler I had some surgery. I was always told that it was for a hernia, but I'm not so sure, and I'm not sure what the first steps to looking it up are. YANMD medical advice on the issue would be appreciated, as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I clear up my acne scars?

I'm in in my 40s. I have scars on my face from teenage acne. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Treatment for white scar on face?

How to deal with white scar on my chin? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Nov 13, 2011 - 18 answers

Work around for a bind?

My partner has an odd circumsion scar, what can we do to minimize irritation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Is easily-scarred skin a contraindication to tattooing?

Yet another tattoo/scar question: Although I almost never bruise, I tend to scar very easily. Will this be a problem if I ever decide to get a tattoo? [more inside]
posted by bayani on Apr 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Best scar revision for minimal scars?

I need to get the BEST possible scar revision for scars on my arm that make me look like a cutter. They are slightly discolored, and barely raised from the skin. Where should I begin looking? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Dec 22, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me figure out what I had on my face for two years and why it suddenly went away.

Help me figure out what I had on my face for two years and why it suddenly went away. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Dec 9, 2010 - 17 answers

Will scar tissue on my knee preclude distance running?

Will the scar tissue on my knee get in the way of my running? Or will I outrun it? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 11, 2010 - 2 answers

How effective is scar removal these days?

Is there a procedure to get rid of my scars? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory on Aug 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Prevention of keloid scar after injury

Is there anything I can do to prevent keloid scarring after a lip injury? [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Jul 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Un-dent my daughter's face?

My daughter's cheek bruise has turned into a dent/dimple. What's going on? Is it permanent? How to get her face back to normal? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 on Jun 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Breaking up scar tissue

What to do about scar tissue in a finger? [more inside]
posted by googly on Jun 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Scarface

I've had a scar above my right eye for about five years. I'm curious if it's something that could someday be fixed, and if so, what the treatment would be. Photo inside. [more inside]
posted by floam on May 12, 2010 - 20 answers

Villainy

Is Disney evil? [more inside]
posted by painquale on May 3, 2010 - 32 answers

How do I prevent a cigarette burn from leaving a scar?

How do I prevent a cigarette burn from leaving a scar? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Aug 15, 2009 - 20 answers

1 big scar - 1 testicle = ?

What are some medical reasons that would warrant an operation removing one testicle from a 5 or 6 year old boy? [more inside]
posted by potatopeople on May 11, 2009 - 15 answers

Who thought Sam up?

Songfilter: Heard it on the radio, schizophrenia, prostitution, weirdness. [more inside]
posted by M Edward on Dec 24, 2008 - 7 answers

How to best heal a facial scar?

ScarFilter: Asking for my sister. My sister fell today while running to the car and smashed her face into the pavement. Nothing broken, but she now has a wide chunk of flesh missing from the area on her nose right between her eyes. [more inside]
posted by bahama mama on May 1, 2008 - 20 answers

Tell me my face will heal fine?

HELP! I HAVE A HOLE IN MY FACE [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2008 - 20 answers

Ouch.

What kind of scar would a whip leave? The whip in question is a cat-o-nine-tails and the scars in question would be about 3 months old. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Mar 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Ritual or abuse?

Help me figure out what happened to this little girl. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Jan 28, 2008 - 24 answers

Cover or reduce an old scar

I've been looking for a way to help my girlfriend cover, or at least reduce the visibility of, a scar on her stomach. She is quite self-conscious about it, especially when we make love. I've searched up and read many discussions of similar topics here on AskMeFi, but most of the suggestions seem to assume that the scar is recent. My girlfriend's scar dates from 2002. We know that surgery will eventually be necessary, but for various reasons it isn't practical at this time. What techniques have MeFites found successful when trying to cover or eradicate older scars?
posted by zainsubani on Jan 8, 2008 - 20 answers

How do I smooth my bumpy face?

My face has bumpiness all over it. I'm not sure how it got there, but I *assume* it's because I always picked apart my zits in jr high. How *exactly* did the bumpiness form? Is there a medical term for this condition? What are the options for removing this stuff (making my face smooth)? ...Explain science behind these options? Are there measures I can take every day to help? Does diet have anything to do with it?
posted by oneous on Nov 28, 2007 - 9 answers

What can I do to get rid of a deep but tiny scar on my cheek?

What can I do to get rid of a deep but tiny scar on my cheek? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Nov 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Rambo would've used a bullet

Am I going to get a nasty scar? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Nov 20, 2007 - 26 answers

Help! I don't want a hole in my thumb!

I cut myself badly today, ripping off a piece of skin about .5cm in diameter right on the knuckle of my thumb. (further gory details inside) - Is there anything I can do tonight to improve healing, or should I leave it alone? - Should I go to my GP or the walk in clinic in the morning [more inside]
posted by happyturtle on Jun 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Please help me get rid of this stupid scar!

I have a scar on my forehead. It's not raised but is just a darker color than my skin. I got it from using a massager on my head when I had a very painful sinus headache - somehow I managed to take off a layer of skin, though it didn't hurt at all. Now it's six weeks later, and I still have the scar. Is there anything I can do to minimize the appearance? [more inside]
posted by Melsky on May 30, 2007 - 15 answers

Thank God it's not a tattoo

How long does it take to remove a wedding ring dent? [more inside]
posted by rosemere on Apr 12, 2007 - 9 answers

4 month old scar still hurts..

4-month old leg injury filter: I scraped up my leg really bad 4 months ago. It healed, it scarred, it still hurts. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Dec 15, 2006 - 8 answers

My past always haunts me.

Tattoos for the scarred. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2006 - 13 answers

How did you get that scar?

Please help me identify possible causes of an abdominal scar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2006 - 18 answers

Scary Scar

Three months ago, I had a myomectomy. I've recovered fine in terms of the way I feel physically, but I still have some concerns about the appearance of my scar. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Feb 27, 2006 - 12 answers

What's up with my knobbly-feeling surgical wound?

12 days ago I had pelvic surgery which involved a 9 cm (~3.5 inch) horizontal lower abdominal incision. The stitches were removed 6 days after the operation and the surgeon said at the time that the wound looked fine. Since some time after that appointment, when I touch the area within 1 cm of the wound I can feel fairly firm nodular areas under the skin. To anyone who has had a similar experience following surgery or knows about it, is this normal or a complication? Did it go away without treatment? Did it cause further problems? [more inside]
posted by teem on Jul 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Wound that could have healed cleanly, but ended up as a very ugly scar

Is there a word in any language that means "wound that could have healed cleanly, but ended up as a very ugly scar"?
posted by Jairus on Mar 15, 2005 - 18 answers

What can I do to minimize this scar on my nose for the long-term?

I'm going to have a reasonably large scar on my nose. What can I do now to minimise the long term visibility of the scar? [more inside]
posted by handee on Feb 13, 2005 - 17 answers

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