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Limiting forehead scars following accident

(26 Posts)
Drayton87 Sat 17-Sep-16 19:48:21

My 2.5 year old DD had a bad fall leaving a massive cut on forehead which was glued back together. Just really concerned about potential scaring and was wondering if anyone had any advice/ tips/ pointers of how I can reduce potential scaring once the glue/ wound is dried?

Apologies if this seems small and irelevant but really on my mind at the moment!

nephrofox Sat 17-Sep-16 19:49:25

If it has clean edges and has been glued properly scarring should be minimal. Bio oil can help but only once it is properly healed

Believeitornot Sat 17-Sep-16 19:50:05

My dd has a scar from having a fall and needing a glue repair. I was also worried - but 3 years later it's quite a faint scar. I tried to moisturise it regularly when it healed but I stopped as decided that being so young(she was 1 when she has the accident) it would likely fade.

AMR123456 Sat 17-Sep-16 19:52:48

My DD has a nasty scar on her leg from splitting it open last year. She had to have plastic surgery to close it as it was too deep for glue. A year on & using bio oil everyday it's fading

LomboDePorco Sat 17-Sep-16 19:53:10

I had a forehead scar glued together as a child, it's very faint now and has actually migrated upwards into my hair as my face grew. I'd have to make an effort to point it out to anyone so try not to worry about permanent damage.

Twistergeese Sat 17-Sep-16 19:54:12

Don't let the sun on it! Apparently the scar tissue will remain visible if it's exposed to uv light. My friend was told this when her daughter gashed her forehead. Sunhat and shade until it heals....

(Not a professional, just passing on what I've heard.)

flutterby77 Sat 17-Sep-16 22:28:36

I was told that massaging the wound area daily with bio oil would help break down scar tissue before it had time to form but I think you had to do this for months. I was also told about using sun cream on it. My daughter had an accident when she was two when she fell on a sharp piece of gravel which pierced the skin and almost made a star shaped wound. You can honestly barely see it now it has faded although it's right in the middle of her forehead - I didn't actually do any of the massaging. Just a warning though it will be pink for sometime, I think it was nearly a year until if faded to skin tone.

I cut my forehead badly as a child, big skin flap and it didn't leave a noticeable scar.

flutterby77 Sat 17-Sep-16 22:29:04

My daughter is 5 now by the way.

Haudyerwheesht Sat 17-Sep-16 22:31:47

Try not to worry too much. Ds had an operation aged 6 and was left with a wound I was sure would scar massively, big stitches etc and obviously a deep wound. Literally cannot see it now (3 yrs later)

INeedNewShoes Sat 17-Sep-16 22:32:09

Definitely sunscreen on the scar.

I had to have a lump removed from my forehead in my twenties and my scar is pretty much invisible now and your young daughter's skin will regenerate far better at her age than mine as an adult.

The only thing I did was to rub Vitamin E oil (obtained by splitting Vitamin E capsules) into it.

ikeawrappingpaper Sat 17-Sep-16 22:37:25

I used vitamin E on a scar I had as a young adult, it helped a lot but took months of using it every day.

Dd got scalded when she was about 11mo and I was really worried about scarring but she has none at all now (2y).

Make sure your dd doesn't pick the glue out. One of mine did that. In case she does you can go back to a+e and have it reglued (I didn't know that but was later told I could have brought him back by another a+e doc on a different visit).

Shellekin Sat 17-Sep-16 22:43:03

I have a big scar on my leg from an operation last year. I've been using Bio Oil but Drs have all said any oil is just as effective (eg Olive oil, baby oil) as it's the massaging that helps it fade rather than the oil itself. You should do it twice a day for maximum effect.

Drayton87 Sun 18-Sep-16 10:15:07

Thanks for the reassurance above- I've heard and read Bio oil, arnica cream, dermatix (silicone gel) all help- can anyone verify what products have worked? Alternatively wondering if I am best letting it heal naturally?!

The small worries of life I guess but think I'm still in shock about it!

minniespot Sun 18-Sep-16 10:22:23

My dd had a very very nasty fall onto the edge of a brick wall and cut her head open just above her eyebrow, she had hers stitched by a plastic surgeon as it was to big for glue, we used bio oil once it had healed properly and was sure to apply plenty of sun cream in the summer to protect and now just over 2 years on its hardly noticeable in fact the scratches from sliding down the wall on her check have marked her more that the actual cut that was stitched up just a very thin silver line now.

All marks are improving over time

AuntieStella Sun 18-Sep-16 10:25:45

One DC has a forehead scar, acquired following an accident aged 3 when a cut needed to be glued back together.

We didn't do anything in particular during the healing process. Now, in teens, it's barely visible.

Boots (I think) do some sort of (expensive) plaster impregnated with something or other that is meant to minimise scarring. Might be worth having a chat with staff there and seeing if you want to try them.

Floggingmolly Sun 18-Sep-16 10:29:59

Bio oil (for at least a couple of months) and no sun at all. Dd was fine.

TeaPleaseLouise Sun 18-Sep-16 10:30:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Drayton87 Sun 18-Sep-16 13:47:28

Thanks for the above. Just visited 2 separate pharmacists with different opinions- 1 suggested leaving it and let it heal naturally due to DD age, the other in another chemist said maybe try dermatix and a vitamin E cream- I guess neither are wrong just some thing to think about....

Artandco Sun 18-Sep-16 13:49:38

Kelocote, it's a silicone barrier gel. It's expensive but avaliable on prescription if eligible

ZettaEvans Sat 16-Sep-17 11:55:48

My fiance cracked his head open after a bad fall, and needed 7 stitches. He had a scar on his forehead that literally looked like Harry Potter's scar. We were certain it would look like that forever, and his father was even recommending him to get plastic surgery, it was that noticeable. However, I wanted to try dermalmd scar serum after finding it on google, and my fiance put it on his Harry Potter scar every morning and every night. Within the first few weeks, we already started seeing a difference. 2 months later, and the scar is almost completely faded out. You have to really look closely to see it. I highly recommend dermalmd. A little goes a long way as well.

Luckymummy22 Sun 17-Sep-17 09:29:50

My son had his head glued in June. Not a massive cut and at the hairline. He then fell on the exact same bit and it reopened (no too bad as it was a couple of months later).
Now unless you look closely you don't see it. It is a little pink but hardly visible.
My daughter has a nice big scar on her elbow from an operation a couple of months ago.
It is visible and still has a lot of fading to do.
But I hardly notice it now.
It will just be part of her.
I may use bio oil on it.

ForgivenessIsDivine Sun 17-Sep-17 21:25:40

Plastic surgeon who stitched my son recommended (insisted that I do it every day for three months) massaging and said any oil would be good (though prescribed a cream with foetal tissue in it which I declined). I don't like the ingredients in bio oil so used rosehip instead. Scaring is minimal.

I would cover it when in strong sun light for at least 6 months.

ProseccoMamam Sun 17-Sep-17 23:19:37

Coconut oil and a derma roller

Coconut oil at first, derma roller once healed

Coconut oil will keep the skin moisturised while also disinfecting the area and preventing infection (which will aid healing)

For anyone who doesn't know what a derma roller is, it's a cylinder with metal pins pointing outwards and you roll it over the skin repeatedly. It is not painful what so ever and it works wonders for scarring, stretch marks, darker skin patches etc. By creating small 'wounds' repeatedly on the skin (you cannot see anything at all and there won't be any bleeding - although there could be clear liquid which is just lymph) it tricks the body into thinking that area needs antibodies and nourishments in order to heal, so you have a big rush of skin loving nutrients and it promotes cell renewal. It's worth a try, and you could always use numbing cream if you like x

DD had a similar accident last year; face first into a sharp sticky-out bit onto a fence which tore a hole in her forehead, had to be stuck back together.

Once it had healed we used cocoa butter every evening on it, the Palmers brand. It worked a treat and her scar is much less visible now.

Although this thread is from a year ago hmm so hopefully you've seen some positive results in the scarring since then!

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