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What helps prevent/minimize scarring?

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    01-04-2013, 03:23 PM
What helps prevent/minimize scarring?

Good day everyone

My horse had a trucking accident two days ago and he ended up needing stitches in his knee (other than that he thankfully only has minor cuts and scratches). The bandage is coming off tomorrow and I am just wondering what would be best to put on over the stitches to accelerate healing and prevent/minimize scarring. The stitches will probably come out early next week or else at the end of the week. I have had really good results with good old milking cream (udder cream), but am not sure whether it's good enough for this.

Thank you, any help will be appreciated!
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    01-04-2013, 04:31 PM
Typically, you want to keep the skin supple. For people, plastic surgeons/dermatologists tell you to use plain old vasaline.
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    01-04-2013, 04:34 PM
I've seen people with bigger injuries put vitamin E on the cut and there was absoluteley no scars left, and it helps it heal too.
    01-05-2013, 02:15 AM
Thank you for the info. I have Vitamin E enriched vaseline, so that might be twice as good. ;) I'll just find out if it's safe to put on over the stitches or whether I should wait until after it's been taken out. Someone told me to not put anything on the wound while the stitches are still in unless I ask the vet first.
    01-05-2013, 02:27 AM
I always use a small amount of sulfur w the vaseline or vitamin e, or the like. It helps it heal, keeps it clean, promotes hair growth...IMO.

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