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Hi I’m Dr Kasparis, Dermatology Consultant, I’m going to help with your question.Please tell me a little more about the scar, a photo would also be very useful. I wil reply shortly.
Thank you, ***** ***** just having a look. When did they injury take place, how many days ago?
Thank you. This looks quite superficial, I don't think the skin has been penetrated enough to cause any significant scarring. It is still inflamed and has scabbed and I cannot see signs of infection.
It is too early to start using silicone sheets, these are best used once all the scabbing has resolved, the best timing is 3 weeks post-injury.
For now I would advise you to use either pure vaseline (new pot) or if you have access to skin emollient like hydromol , cetraben or 50/50 it would be preferable. Then by all means use the silicone sheets until you are satisfied with the results but for at least 4 weeks.
She will a mark for several weeks but this with time will fade (post-inflammatory pigmentation). As mentioned I don't think she will have any significant scarring from this and with time the markings will fade,
Another reassuring sign is that there was not much bleeding meaning that the dermis and beyond was not significantly affected. Again points towards a superficial injury
Lacerations of this kind can sometimes lead to fluid and oedema under the skin which make the edges become raised. It will settle down. Obviously look out for signs of infection such as increasing pain, expanding redness around the would and yellow /pus discharge. She would need some antibiotics then but it does not look infected at all now. Just wait before you use silicone , it has no positive effect at the moment as the skin is still inflamed
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I hope she gets better soon. Christos
PLeasure , she will be fine. I forgot to mention, use sunscreen , SPF 30 + on the area (once scab falls off ) in the morning when she goes out, for about 2 months. This will reduce any pigment formation.
Thanks for the feedback.