How long does it take for surgical glue to fall off? (Photo)
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When does surgical glue/Dermabond peel off an incision?
Most of the time if we use skin glues like Dermabond it is not instead of stitches internally but supplementing a so-called subcuticular stitch (which runs the length of the incision on the inside of the skin). The glue can take 2-4 weeks to peel off. Typically it will flake and peel in different areas gradually as the patient resumes showering and actually cleaning directly on the incision. It is important to follow the surgeon's instructions, however, to make sure a patient is not disturbing the incision prematurely.
Surgical glue for tummy tuck incisions
I typically use dermabond over my tummy tuck incisions. It tends to flake off at around 2-3 weeks. I ask my patients to peel it off gradually starting at 3 weeks if they can.
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2-3 Weeks Post-Op
Surgical glue usually starts to lift off the wound 2 to 3 weeks following surgery. We allow patients to remove adhesive remnants as it peels off the wound at this point in time.
It’s important to realize that each surgeon has his own post-operative routine. For this reason it’s important to follow our surgeons direction’s closely.
Surgical blue begins to follow off around 3 weeks but can persist for up to 6 weeks
How long does it take for surgical glue to fall off
It looks like your PS has used a product called Prineo over your wound line. That is great - I like and use the product frequently. The tape is stuck to your skin through a bonding process with Dermabond (surgical superglue). You need to wait for the skin under the tape to cycle through and the tape will fall off by itself. This generally takes 3-4 weeks.
As the edges/ends fall off, just trim the tape close to your skin with some small sharp scissors. Cover the 'open' scar with Micropore paper tape to replace the Prineo. I normally see my patients at about the 3-4 week mark and remove any remaining Prineo or Micropore and discuss scar management with them.
Dr Gavin Sandercoe
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