Dermabond is a skin-adhesive liquid that is used to close small wounds and lacerations. This product is one of the most common surgical glues that can be found in the United States.It works as an alternative to stitches by sealing the surface of the skin together. This product is FDA approved for use on humans and can be purchased for single-use applications. Dermabond can last on the skin for up to 5-10 days. If the layer begins to peel off automatically, it is a sign that the wound is healing.

Why Use Dermabond

As a surgical glue, there are a few benefits to using this product.

  • Can speed up rate of healing
  • Decreases risks of infection
  • Provides a water-resistant layer to wounds
  • Less medical attention required as sutures do not need to be removed
  • Removes suture marks which lessens scar appearance

Steps to Applying Dermabond

If you are looking to use Dermabond, here are some helpful steps that you are able to follow:

  1. Clean the wound from any dirt or dried blood using antiseptic or saline solution
  2. Stop the wound from bleeding by putting pressure on the area
  3. Neatly line up the edges of the wound so that there is less scarring. This can be difficult if the cut is bigger.
  4. Start to apply the Dermabond glue starting at the edges of the wound.
  5. Apply a consistent amount of pressure on the rest of the wound to prevent it from bleeding out.
  6. Gently begin to cover each section of the wound, waiting between 2-3 minutes for the glue to settle.
  7. After you have covered the entire wound with Dermabond, you might notice some bubbles on the surface. This is normal.

How to Care For The Wound

It is important to continue treating the wound after Dermabond is applied. Here are some tips that are able to help you in caring for your wound:

  • Check the wound regularly: Experiencing swelling, redness or pain are typical symptoms. The wound should heal quickly over time but if any of these symptoms start to develop further, it is advisable to get the wound checked by a doctor.
  • Do not apply gels or creams on the wound: Application of any kind of liquid on the wound will break open the seal holding the skin together, thereby slowing down the healing process of the wound.
  • Replace the bandages when necessary: Keep the bandage dry and stay out of water. If any dirt or moisture begins to enter the bandage, make sure to immediately change the dressing. Replace the bandage daily until the layer of Dermabond naturally peels off.
  • Stay out of UV light: Exposure to sunlight or UV can be damaging to the wound. Stay away from too much sun exposure until the wound is healed.

Last Updated on July 31, 2020

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