Should I put Vaseline on stitches on eyelid, surgery yesterday. (photo)
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Vaseline on stitches
Eyelid Incision Treatment
Use Antibiotic Ointment Instead of Vaseline
Not all surgeons have you put anything on your stitches after eyelid surgery. If the stitches are getting dry or tight you could consider applying antibiotic ointment in a thin layer over them. Opthamolic antibiotic ointment would be best, but even Neosporin would be okay. Keeping the eyes clean and gentle washing with soap and water, and using natural tears in the eyes can also help to prevent that tight feeling and promote healing.
Vaseline is really not a great choice for a topical moisturizer - it is petroleum-based and makes things greasy, but does not actually moisturize or hydrate the skin. It is probably best to contact your surgeon for his/her specific recommendations on this issue, as they would know the details of what was done and the type of technique of sutures that you have in.
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Blepharoplasty Incision Care
For my patients I recommend using either an opthalmic antibiotic ointment or vaseline on the incisions several times a day until they see me back to remove the sutures. I tell them that the incisions should always have some coverage with the ointment. If antibiotic ointment is used, I generally have them stop it after two days. Any longer then that can result in a contact dermatitis that can make the area more red and inflamed.
The only issue with vaseline is that is can be a little irritating if it melts and runs into the eye.
Keep the wound moist
Always check with your Surgeon...but
However, when putting anything near the eye you need to ensure that it is made for ophthalmic use. I typically get patients to use an ophthalmic Polysporin oitment after surgery.
We know now that a moist wound heals best. A dry, crusty and flaky wound heals worse. Keeping the wound moist with petrolium jelly can be very helpfull in this regard.