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Old 01-21-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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So you know this thread had to be started by me...right?

After Owen's face plant yesterday, we spent this morning in the ER because our dog bit him in the cheek. He had to have some of the lacerations glued shut (also not Owen's first facial "gluing").

So....does anyone know if any of those scar reducing creams actually work? I see commercials for mederma for kids, but does it work? And when do you use it? right away or when it starts to scab a bit or even after that?

Thanks.... baby #2 better be CALM or I will have to be drugged!
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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don't bother with the OTC stuff. ask for a prescription skin protectant/wound cover. there are a couple of them out there that work pretty good.

poor little guy! hope you are all alright now!

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Old 01-21-2010, 03:18 PM   #3
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I, honestly think the best way to lighten a scar is by taking the oil from a vitamin E tablet and squirting it directly onto the scar and rubbing it in 1 or 2 times a day...
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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I asked a plastic surgeon about scars when Abby had her heart surgery. He said the best thing to do would be to leave it be, but keep it hydrated (like vitamin e or just lotion). He told me that sometimes the creams can make the scars redder instead of lighter.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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You can buy vitamin e cream too just to keep it moisturized. I would wait until the scab comes off so you don't get it infected. I'm so sorry for the little guy. When you have a chance let us know what happened with the dog.

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Old 01-21-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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I agree, Vitamin E. I had surgery on my forehead a few years ago and the plastic surgeon told me I could use Vit. E (and that the oil works best), once or twice a day for a while. Also to use good sunscreen (45+) when outside, even for just a short period of time. At least the first year, but really up to 3 years can cause it to be affected.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:41 PM   #7
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Yep, totally agree with the sunscreen. I put sunscreen on Abby's scar everyday in the summer even though most of it is covered by her shirt. the sun can make the scar that much more pronounced.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #8
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With this being for a kiddo and on his face I'm not sure how helpful it is, but it worked for my friend! She had surgery on her vertebrae and they had to go in through the front of her neck, so it was a very visible scar. She bought something at a medical supply store. It was like moleskin in that you cut it to size and it sticks to the skin. It like stayed on for 5 days and then you removed it. I can try and find out what it was called, but I bet if you found one and asked they could point you in the right direction. But I realize that O might have it off in no time!

I'm so sorry he's had TWO traumatic events in a couple of days! Hope he heals up quickly.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:14 AM   #9
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I too agree with the sunscreen and vitamin E!!
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:29 AM   #10
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Oh No Tink! UGH! I hope Owen heals quickly! When DSS was bit in the face by his mothers dog, DH and I had him seen by the ped. The ped told us to put vitamin E oil on it 2x's a day when he was with us (cuz we all knew his mother wouldn't do it as she didn't even take him to the dr!!!-that's another story). We did it every day he was wiht us for months once it healed. To this day-if you look up very close to him,you can see the scars-but they are so hard to see that one wouldn't normally notice.
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