How to Prevent Less Scarring after Circumcision

June 21, 2015

Should I apply Mederma to my incision after circumcision?


Dear Gaynor,

What do Mederma, petroleum jelly (vaseline), aloe cream, vitamin D ointment, A and D ointment, neosporin or bacitracin ointment, vitamin E ointment, and a wet suit have in common with each other.

Ointments, creams, or gels when applied to a scar prevent perspiration from evaporating. This moisturizes the wound. Moist wounds heal better than dry wounds.

After we complete a circumcision we cover the stitches with steri-strips. After we remove the sutures, we apply fresh steri-strips. They are porous. Soap and water goes in, dirt comes out, and they stay moist for hours. They also help keep the incision line intact until sufficient tensile strength develops.

Last but not least… be sure to have your sutures removed 12 to 14 days after surgery. Do not let anyone talk you out of that by saying the sutures are absorbable, they will melt. Yes, that’s true but they are also inflammatory. So sutures out, steri-strips in.

With kindest regards,

Harold M. Reed, M.D. FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America
International Society for Sexual Medicine


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