Skin glue is a special medical glue used to close wounds. It can be used on its own or with stitches or adhesive tape. It forms a protective waterproof covering over your wound.
Skin glue is usually used for cuts or wounds that:
Skin glue is often used to close wounds on:
Skin glue isn't suitable for wounds over joints, like your knees, groin or hands.
Skin glue is applied as a liquid or paste to the edges of the wound.
It takes only a few minutes to set.
The glue usually peels off in 5 to 7 days.
The scar should take about 6 months to fade.
Your doctor or nurse will give you advice about caring for a wound closed with skin glue.
If the wound is on your head, you should be able to wash your hair after 5 days.
Things to avoid during the first 5 days:
Most wounds closed with skin glue heal normally.
You should seek medical attention if:
You might have an infection if:
Contact your doctor or practice nurse for advice, or go to a walk-in centre.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.