treating a sutured scar

@beeeckie (803)
United States
August 6, 2008 10:58am CST
Hey everyone...a couple of days ago I made an embarrassing fall up some stairs (yes, up) and ripped underneath my chin open pretty well. There was a good amount of blood. I had to get three stitches and they tell me it shouldn't scar too badly, considering where it's located (it'll be obscured) and as long as I keep it clean. The stitches have to stay in another five days. I am very sad, because I've never had stitches before and actually told the people in the ER that getting these stitches was scarier than having my heart catheterized. Very luckily, it was sort of a "clean" skin break, a straight line. So what is the best thing to reduce scarring? Cocoa butter, vitamin E, or what?
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I'm an expert on falling UP stairs I used to work with models (at the local level) & they swear by Vitamin E. My dog pulled me down one day & my chin hit the corner of a concrete step. I removed concrete for weeks. The cut was not pretty. I was developing scar tissue in the cut that was hard & lumpy. One of the girls insisted I use Vitamin E. IT WORKED WONDERS!!! Today you would never know I had a problem as the lump went away with the scar.
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Thank you :) There is a small lump developing (got stitches out today) but I am pretty sure that's all coagulation that will come out with vitamin E. The woman who undid the sutures said it looked good.
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Vitamin E is the only thing I've used for the past 33 years. I found it worked just as good on old scars as it did on new ones. I even got rid of a Chickenpox scar on my nose with Vitamin E.
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Does it help to reduce old, lumpy scars? I have a few that are a couple of years old and are slightly raised...would vitamin E at least help a tiny bit? (The only pox scars I have are slightly indented, btw)
@xanraven (145)
• United States
6 Aug 08
One thing when it starts to scab don't pick at it. I used vitamin E oil on my scars. I have a huge one on my collar bone (very noticeable). I use cocoa butter on my belly (c-section). Different things help different people depending on the skin type. You just have to try out and see which ones work for you. I've seen a new one out called maderma. I haven't tried it but It seems to sell pretty good.
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Cocoa butter seems to be the #1 recommendation for pregnancy-related scars, and those can be severe (even with stretch marks), so yeah...And definitely, I will not pick at it! If I have to keep a band aid on it to keep from picking, so be it. I know scabs are the body's natural band aid. I know my mom used to put vitamin E on some of my childhood cuts, and most didn't end up scarring too badly.
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@cecelgay (563)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
Hi! your answer get my attention, its a bit late to be in this discussion but I really interested about scar and strechmarks issue.. Can you give me some more inforemeations about it, My skin is a bit sensitive.. Does Vit E really get rid of it? I am taking vitamin E capsule but most of you are talking about Vit E oil, is it the same?
• Lubbock, Texas
6 Aug 08
I would definitely use vitamin e oil on it topically, but I have recently had a very pleasant surprise concerning scars. I started taking MSM just because it is used by every cell in our body and I know we don't get any where near enough of it in our diet. I was recovering from hip replacement surgery and was not regaining muscle strength and stamina like I thought I should. I started taking MSM to help build that and was very pleasantly surprised to find the very deep scar from my surgery was lightening, adhesions were dissolving, and I had a scar on my knee that had been there since childhood that is all but gone now. So I would recommend taking one to two thousand mg of MSM a day for a while to keep your injury from scarring.
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
6 Aug 08
That is extremely helpful. Thank you! I hope if I do that in combination with topical treatments, it'll go away in a short while.
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@calcynic (433)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I'm sure the wrong one to give advice on reducing scarring. Probably all the suggestions you've received are good ones, though I have no experience at covering them up. I have a scar from some shrapnel taken in Vietnam, which is unreduceable, and about a dozen scars I got just being a stupid, roughhouse kid. My buddies and I proudly compare scars and lie about how we got them. It's stupid macho fun...sorta like Quint, Hooper and the sheriff in Jaws, drunkenly pointing out their scars and laughing about them. Anyway...hope it turns invisible and you don't have to go thru another stitching up anytime soon.
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@beeeckie (803)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Scars do tell stories, for sure. To a point I'm even wary about frivolous plastic surgery.
@neelygal (1022)
• Bahamas
7 Aug 08
If you can get your hands on some fresh aloe that is the best thing for scarring.My son fell down on his bike and the petal went through his ankle.It left a terrible scar and that is what we used on his ankle to remove the scar.Also my baby got burnt in the hospital and that is what I used to heal up the burn and take out the scar.It really works.
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@jammyt (2822)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
Hi I think I'm late in answering this. So sad to hear about your accident but at least you're okay. I don't know if it's available in your country but when I had a Ceasarian operation, my OB/GYN gave me 2 medicines for scars that worked real well. Contratubex and Bactroban. I don't see my scar anymore.
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