At Hyper Healing, we offer advanced therapies and progressive procedures for those with chronic wounds. A chronic wound is one that fails to proceed through the normal phases of wound healing in a timely manner. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with a wound care specialist if you have a wound that shows no healing progress within two weeks, or if the wound is not completely healed by six weeks. Before scheduling an appointment at a wound center, there are recommended ways to care for your wound to promote the healing process. November is National Healthy Skin Month, so we wanted to offer some tips for minimizing scars, promoting healthy skin production, and how to take care of a healing wound.
Stages of the Healing Process
This preliminary stage in the healing process occurs following the moment of trauma. The blood vessels at the point of injury constrict to create a blood clot to stop the bleeding. Once the clot has formed, the blood vessels expand to promote blood flow to the wound. During this time, white blood cells move to the area to destroy foreign bodies in the system. On the exterior of the wound, skin cells form to create a protective barrier across the wound.
In this stage, a skin-strengthening protein called collagen grows within the wound to help close the wound.
Over time, the body works to create more collagen to help refine the wound’s scar. This stage is what contributes to the fading of the scar for months and years after the wound has healed.
Factors that Inhibit Proper Healing
Medications: Certain drugs can interfere with the wound healing process. Many blood thinners can promote blood flow that can lead to persistent bleeding.
Infections: If your wound becomes infected, your body will work to destroy the infection rather than working to heal the wound.
Dead Skin/Dryness: Dead skin and other foreign materials can interfere with the healing process. If the wound is exposed to air, it can also slow the healing process because skin cells and immune cells need a moist environment to heal the wound properly.
Age: As we age, the wounds typically require longer healing time.
Smoking: Smoking doesn’t only impair the healing process, but it also increases the risk of complications.
Bleeding: If the blood doesn’t have a chance to clot, the persistent bleeding prevents the wound from closing.
Medical Conditions: Any autoimmune condition can affect the healing process, in addition to certain conditions like diabetes, varicose veins, and anemia.
Poor Diet: If the body is lacking nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, and protein, the healing process may take longer than normal.
Tips to Prevent Scarring
Keep it clean
For minor cuts and burns, the first step to avoid scarring is to keep the wound clean. Use mild soap and water to wash away dirt and bacteria.
Avoid letting the wound dry out
The wound has to be kept moist in order to promote healing and to reduce scarring. After cleaning, use a petroleum jelly to prevent scabbing.
Cover the skin
To ensure the wound stays clean and moist, you should keep it covered throughout the healing process. It’s important to clean the wound and change the bandage regularly.
Sunscreen can help protect the newly formed skin, and can help fade the scar more quickly. Protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
Make an Appointment at Hyper Healing
If you notice that your wound is not healing properly, or if you have suffered significant trauma to your skin that requires medical attention, Hyper Healing can help you heal faster and more completely. Schedule an appointment by calling 813-591-4570 or by contacting us online.