How does removing prematurely surgical glue on an incision affect scar outcome?
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I employ surgical glue after breast lifts and of abdominoplasties since the freshly closed incision tends to ooze blood for approximately 48 to 72 hours. Putting Steri-Strips on the freshly closed incision may trap blood underneath them necessitating their removal which can prematurely irritate the skin. Furthermore, glue helps to "lock in" the freshly closed incision from the outside world, potential lessening the chance of any postoperative infections. The glue generally comes off in about a week. If it's obviously peeling like separating skin after sunburn, the glue can be gently peeled away and trimmed. Of course, always consult your surgeon prior to meddling with the fresh incision.
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