How to Keep Stitches From Scarring

Written by megan shoop
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Anyone with scars knows that they can pull uncomfortably and be embarrassing to have, especially if they are in a visible place on the body. Most doctors prescribe ointments for application after stitches are removed, but the easiest way to get rid of scars from stitches is to prevent them from forming. Make sure you follow your doctor's instructions when caring for your stitches for faster healing time.

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Things you need

  • Neosporin
  • Soft towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cling film

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    Secure cling film over the stitches when you shower or bathe for the first 48 hours you have them. Damp stitches will loosen or tighten as they dry, requiring you to get new stitches and increasing the chances of scarring.

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    Gently clean the stitches after two days with clean water and a soft cloth. Moisten the cloth thoroughly with warm water and wring it out until it no longer drips. Wipe away any dirt and grime built up around the stitches. This helps prevent a thick scab from forming, and thus, deep scarring.

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    Apply Neosporin or another mild antiseptic ointment to your skin with a cotton swab. Pay attention to the skin between and around the stitches, applying a thin layer. Do this after you clean the stitches; it helps prevent more grime from building around your stitches, softens your skin, and prevents infection.

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