3855 Trueman Court | Hilliard, Ohio | 43026
Hilliard Pediatrics, Inc. - Dr. Tim Teller, MD
The following is our office’s specific instructions for taking care of sutures (“stitches”) if they have been needed to close a cut. Sutures (“stitches”) can be dissolvable (do not to be removed later) or non-dissolvable (do need to be removed later). You will be told when they are placed whether the sutures (“stitches”) will need to be removed.
Note that some cuts that needed stitches heal slower than others and although the above information is a good guideline, occasionally we will find that the area has not healed and will need to reschedule the suture removal for another date.
Once the sutures (“stitches”) have been removed, we recommend that if you would like to reduce the chance of the area leaving a prominent scar in the future to apply the over-the-counter Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel or Mederma for Kids® ointment according to the label instructions. This is available at many grocery stores and pharmacies. Also the healing area at the cut needs excellent sun protection to keep the area from getting sun damaged, which can cause more scarring. So be extra careful to apply sunscreen to a healed cut is important.
Last Updated: 06/2019