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As part of the surgical procedure, your child's suture line
will have been closed with either dissolving sutures or sutures
that require removal, or a combination of both. It is
important that the suture line is adequately protected for the
appropriate length of time.
At the end of surgery, a dressing will have been applied.
Usually this consists of:
The outer layer of tape and gauze is used to absorb any oozing
or bleeding that may occur within the first few hours of
The suture line should remain dry until the gauze is
removed. The steristrips may get wet but this should be kept
to a minimum, and should be patted dry or dried with a hair dryer
as soon as possible. It is unlikely that the water will
dislodge the steristrips. It is important that the gauze is
removed before the area does become wet as moist gauze left in
place over a wound can lead to infection.
In the case of sutures that require removal, the suture line
should be covered until the sutures are removed. If dissolving
sutures have been used, the steristrips should remain in place for
a period of 6 days. The steristrips may then be removed and
the suture line left exposed. If the steristrips become dislodged
they can be replaced with a strip of micropore.
After the sutures have been removed and the wound is clean and
dry your child can wash as normal. It is advisable to
keep the suture line moisturised and to gently massage the area 4-5
times a day. Any moisturising cream will be adequate,
eg: Sorbolene. Initially the suture line will be pink or red,
this will fade over the next three months and eventually should be
a fine pale line.
Your first review appointment will be approximately one week
after discharge for dressing/wound check. Your follow up
appointments will be at one of the following:
If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to
Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345