My Ps Told Me to Take my Steri Strips off but They Are Stuck to my Skin. How Do I Get Them Off?
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Be patient and use luke warm water.
Steristrips Removal Is Straight Forward
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Usually if you moisten them in the shower, they will come off more easily.
Otherwise there is little chance of harm to leave them until they fall off on their own.
Steri-strips can be loosened with warm water.
If you are permitted to shower, allow the water to gently moisten and warm the steri-strips. They will come up easily at that point.
Baby oil for steri strips
Baby oil can soften the glue that causes the steri strips to stick. Rub on the baby oil, let it sit for a few minutes, then give it a try. Another alternative already mentioned is to use warm water in the shower.
Steri strips can be taken off in the shower
Thank you for the question. There is no harm in leaving the steri strips on in they fall off on their own. If you would like to removed them skin adhesive remover works well or taking them off in the shower is also very helpful.
All the best,
Dr Remus Repta
Taking Steri Strips off after Tummy Tuck
Steristrips will usually come off in the shower, but they can be quite resilient. Do not force them off. If you cannot get in touch with your doctor's office during the holidays, do not worry. Whether these fall off today or three days later matters little.
In general, it is easier to take the steri-strips off when they are wet, such as after a shower. Some surgeons apply an adhesive to the skin before applying the steri-strips, which helps them stick and stay on longer. You can use an adhesive remover (from your plastic surgeons office) on your skin, starting at one end of the steristrip and applying to the skin as you peel the tape back. If you are having difficulty removing the steri-strips even when wet or with adhesive remover, ask your surgeon to help you remove them.
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