Most split lips aren’t emergencies. “It can be scary, but most of the time they heal on their own without stitches,” Dr. Ye Mon says.
When does a split lip need stitches?
Stitches may be necessary if the wound: is longer than half an inch. has ragged or separated edges. bleeds a lot for more than 5–10 minutes.
Does lip laceration need stitches?
The problem with lip lacerations is that even if they are small, they are easily visible and tend to form scars. These wounds may need suturing to keep the borders even and reduce the development of scars. Cuts inside the lips usually do not require stitches as they heal at the normal speed.
How do you heal a split lip?
Apply a non-irritating lip balm (or lip moisturizer) several times a day and before bed. If your lips are very dry and cracked, try a thick ointment, such as white petroleum jelly. Ointment seals in water longer than waxes or oils. Slather on a non-irritating lip balm with SPF 30 or higher before going outdoors.
What happens if you don’t get stitches?
It’s best to get stitches as soon as possible. Your body starts the healing process right away, and if you wait too long to get stitches, it will be more difficult to heal. Leaving a wound open too long also increases your risk of infection.
Do I need stitches if it stops bleeding?
If you have added extra bandages to the wound, you are doing the right thing. Add gauze, don’t change it. But if it keeps bleeding through each new one, you might need stitches. If direct pressure won’t stop the bleeding, get help.
How do you treat a split lip on a toddler?
First aid for superficial cuts and wounds:
- Apply an antiseptic lotion or cream.
- Give your child an ice pop or ice cube to suck on to help reduce bleeding and swelling.
- Check the area each day and keep it clean and dry.
- Avoid blowing on the wound, as this can cause germs to grow.
Why do lips split?
Exposure to cold air, dry air, wind, and the sun can dry out lips and cause cracking and splitting. Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly to your lips before heading outdoors. This provides a protective barrier to keep your lips moisturized. Look for medicated lip balm and lip balm with SPF to prevent burns.
How long does cracked lips take to heal?
Severely chapped lips may take longer to heal, but the average time is two to three weeks to recover completely. If you treat chapped lips as soon as you notice a problem, your lips will heal much faster and you can avoid potential complications like infection.
What does it mean when you have a split lip?
A split lip refers to an open cut or sore in the lip. Lip skin is delicate and prone to cracking in cold, dry weather, which can easily lead to a split lip. A split lip can be annoying and painful, and it may bleed or sting. Most cases of a split lip are due to cheilitis, which is inflammation of the lips.
What is an alternative to stitches?
ZipStitch is surgical quality wound closure to help close minor lacerations quickly with no needles or puncturing of the skin.
How late is too late to get stitches?
Most wounds that require closure should be stitched, stapled, or closed with skin adhesives (also called liquid stitches) within 6 to 8 hours after the injury. Some wounds that require treatment can be closed as long as 24 hours after the injury.
Can you heal without stitches?
Cuts that don’t involve fat or muscle tissue (superficial), are not bleeding heavily, are less than 1/2 inch long and not wide open or gaping, and don’t involve the face can usually be managed at home without stitches.