Self harm - when are stitches necessary?

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Sanguinius

Sanguinius

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Hi,
I have a question:
I'm a excessive selfharmer. My cuts are often gaping 1-1,5 cm (~0,5 inches). So far, I've always gone and got stitches, as they told me at the ward. But is this absolutely necessary? If not, do you know when it is?
 
gingerplum

gingerplum

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No, it's not absolutely necessary. Stitches will probably give you a better cosmetic result, because the wound edges will be more well-approximated and "cleaner" looking. Stitches are also preferable on an area that flexes a lot, like near a joint.

Otherwise you can just use steri-strips or butterfly bandages; they serve essentially the same purpose as stitches, and either option will allow the wound bed to granulate and heal from the inside out.

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/accidents-first-aid-and-treatments/how-do-i-apply-butterfly-stitches/
 

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