Superficial Wounds and Scars

It is not unusual to get a scrape or cut simply by living out our daily routines. Catch the corner of your desk, break a glass in the kitchen or stumble over a stone on the sidewalk and just like that, you’re trying to stop the bleeding—and perhaps wondering if your fresh wound will turn into a permanent blemish.


A wound doesn’t need to be deep or severe to leave a long-lasting scar—a permanent patch of skin that closes around an open wound as the body heals. Scars usually fade over time but never go away completely. Many factors play a role in scar formation, including how prone you are to scarring, where your cut or scrape is located on your body, how you cared for the wound initially, and if the exposed area developed an infection. Even if you care for a wound perfectly, you may still be left with a scar.


If you notice any of the following signs after an injury to your skin, see a doctor immediately:

  • Expanding redness around the wound
  • Yellow or greenish-colored pus, or cloudy wound drainage
  • Red streaking, spreading from the wound
  • Increased swelling, tenderness, or pain around the wound
  • Fever

What Causes It?

There are many reasons you may receive a cut or scratch. It may result from an accidental injury or violence, such as a dog bite. A surgical incision or health problem like an acne breakout or diabetes may cause the body to develop wounds. In addition, aging can contribute to wounding more easily because the skin is more thin and fragile than in that of younger people.

Treatment Options

If you are unhappy about a scar that does not fade, an expert Riverchase provider can help. The treatment plan customized for you may include topical retinoids, chemical peels, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, dermal fillers or laser resurfacing.

Note: If your wound is bleeding severely or the bleeding can’t be stopped after 10 minutes of pressure, if you cannot feel the injured area, or if you are seriously injured, call 911 for emergency help.

Locations with this service

38162 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL 33540
2625 Executive Park Dr, Suite 7
Weston, FL 33331
Venice Health Park 
1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice, FL 34292
Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Dr, Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
Sun City Center 
1007 E Del Webb Blvd, Suite 101
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Pembroke Pines 
603 N Flamingo Rd, Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
9015 US Highway 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
North Port – Bobcat Village 
2481 Bobcat Village Center Rd, Suite 101
North Port, FL 34288
Naples – Downtown 
261 9th St S
Naples, FL 34102
Naples – Colonial Square 
1108 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N.
Naples, FL 34102
Naples – Central 
9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way, Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
Formerly Bowes Dermatology
Mercy Professional Building Suite 6008
3659 S Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
Lakewood Ranch 
8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite 260
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Fort Myers – West 
9400 Gladiolus Dr, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Fort Myers – South 
7331 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
19527 Highland Oaks Dr, Suite 201
Estero, FL 33928
406 N Indiana Ave
Englewood, FL 34223
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
Cape Coral – Surfside 
2366 Surfside Blvd, Suite C111
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Cape Coral 
413 Del Prado Blvd S, Suite 101
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bonita Springs 
25987 S Tamiami Trail, Unit 90
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Boca Raton – East 
200 Glades Road, Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Bay Harbor Islands 
1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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