The skin incision is closed with dissolvable sutures – these do not need to be removed.

You will either have surgical glue or a plastic bandage over your wound.

– If you have glue over the incision, this will fall off on its own 2-3 weeks after surgery. No dressing needs to be applied to this area.

– If you have a clear plastic bandage over your wound, this should be removed in 48 hours. You do not need to replace this bandage. The steri strips (tape bandage) underneath should be left on. These will fall off on their own in about 2 weeks or will be removed at your post-op appointment.

Your incision will turn hard about 7-10 days after surgery. This is due to scar tissue, and is a normal part of healing. This will soften up and return to normal with time.  Bruising and swelling around the surgery site is also normal and will resolve with time.