Depending on the wound your body may heal in different ways.
Acute Wounds: Wounds that bleed and clot have a tremendous healing advantage because the body signals the healing process with growth factors. Acute wounds begin healing quickly.
Partial Thickness: These are wounds that haven’t gone past your top layer of skin. They are called superficial, and can heal by regeneration. The steps your body takes to heal these wounds are below.
- Defensive: Inflammation. Your body won’t heal the wound until everything is cleaned up. Inflammation is your body telling you it’s cleaning out anything that will prevent it from healing. This is when it’s sending White Blood Cells in to fight off any infection.
- Resurface: This is the step in which your skin comes back together. Cells move from the outside in. It’s easier for them to close up when the wound is wet. Scabbing slows the process down and leads to more scaring.
- Re-establish: Once the cells meet in the middle, they fill up like normal dermis replacement. This is your body putting the brick wall back together.