Most wounds take 1 to 3 weeks to heal. If you had laser surgery, your skin may change colour and then slowly return to its normal colour. You may need only a bandage, or you may need stitches. If you had stitches, your doctor will probably remove them 5 to 14 days later.
How do you take care of skin after stitches are removed?
Wash the wound daily with soap and water and gently pat the area to dry. Areas prone to contamination (such as hands) should be washed more often. Cover areas prone to contamination or re-injury such as knees, elbows, hands or chin for 5-7 days. A simple Band-Aid is usually enough.
What do you put on after stitches are removed?
Care for the area after the stitches are removed:Do not pull medical tape off. Your provider may place small strips of medical tape across your wound after the stitches have been removed. Clean the area as directed. Carefully wash the area with soap and water. Protect your wound. Care for a scar.