Posted on 4.26.11 at 6:46 am. No Comments.
What should I put on scars to make them heal better? It is one of the most commonly asked question I am asked. And most patients don’t like my answer which is that not much really makes a difference. They should keep it clean, moist with a thick ointment such as vaseline, and covered at all times. Silicone sheeting is best to use when covering a wound, but can be a pain to use. Sadly, no other regimen has been shown to be any better than this.
Vitamin E oil? Healing is not an oxidative process and it does not appear to do any good. Mederma? No evidence to show it does any good. Antibiotic ointment? Okay to use if you are not allergic to it but probably not any better than plain vaseline. Many other expensive over the counter products exist, but none have any scientific backing to support their use. On a fresh wound, patients should clean it with hydrogen peroxide. But once it is has been cleaned, repeated use of peroxide will actually start to inhibit wound healing.
Posted on 4.19.11 at 10:03 am. No Comments.
Dr. Aftergut will be featured on a story using the new product Asclera to treat spider veins. The story runs tonight (April 19th 2011) on the NBC 5 news at 10pm.