Skin glue (sutureless) closure of surgical incisions
For more than 20 years we are routinely using skin glue in surgical wounds. This method has the big advantage of no need for removal stitches what can be considered a traumatic experience in most children.
How to care surgical wound with skin glue?
Skin glue is a special medical glue used to seal wounds. It can be used on its own or with stitches or adhesive tape. It forms a protective waterproof covering over your wound.
Some advice for better wound care:
- avoid touching the glue for 24 hours
- try to keep the wound dry for the first 5 days
- showers are preferable to baths to avoid soaking the wound
- If the wound is on the head, use a shower cap. Don’t wash your hair for the next 5 days. Don't brush hair around the glued area
- If the wound gets wet, press it gently with a towel to get it dry
- Don’t put creams or lotions on the glue
- don't wear clothing that could rub against the glue
How long does skin glue stay on?
The glue usually peels off in 5 to 7 days.
Usually, the scar should take about 6 months to fade. This process can be accelerated with the use of silicone gel over the scar for about 2 months.
When to get help?
Most wounds closed with skin glue heal normally.
Call the doctor if:
your wound splits open or starts to bleed
you think your wound may be infected (local redness, pain, swelling, pus)