Here’s how to help the healing process.
Always clean wounds with lots of running water right after the injury. An infected wound doesn’t heal well.
Cuts that are deep and gape open will heal faster and with less scarring if they are sutured, glued or stapled.
Keep sutured or stapled wounds clean until it’s time to have the sutures or staples taken out. Get the sutures and staples removed when recommended.
Healing wounds should be kept out of the sun for 6 months. Cover up with a hat or clothing. Once the wound has healed, use sunscreen with a high concentration of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (some extra strength diaper creams are 40% zinc).
Silicone sheets are available over the counter to cover new scars as the body heals. These may be effective, however they are difficult to keep on children and parts of the body that move a lot.
Some specialists recommend liquid silicone like Scarguard.
Mederma is sold over the counter, but the research on its effectiveness is very limited.
It can take a full six months for the body to heal and remodel the injured area. At that time the result of scarring can be evaluated.