Keeping acute wounds moist with occlusive dressings as they heal appears to yield better cosmetic outcomes than simply leaving the wounds alone or applying ointments and non-adherent dressings, says William H. Eaglstein, emeritus chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Treatment should start within two hours of wound creation and continue for at least two days, he says. "For the best cosmetic outcome, people would be wise to keep their wounds under occlusion for some weeks, even a month," Eaglstein said.

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