John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Keep an eye out for redness, swelling, or other signs of infection and see a doctor if these occur.
Keep the wound covered and clean while healing.
Avoid sun exposure, as newly healed tissue burns more easily and is often left discolored.
Over-the-counter scar creams are generally not harmful but they have not been proven to be effective.
It is important to realize that a scar will often look red and swollen after suture removal but may fade considerably for up to
one year. You might want to wait at least that long before consulting a specialist for scar revision.