During this quick guide we are going to be looking at how to apply butterfly stitches properly. We will also take a look at how you can easily make your own butterfly stitches at home.
For those that are unsure, butterfly stitches are narrow adhesive strips that are used to close a small wound on the skin to better help it heal. They can’t be used on anything that is too deep or on any wound that has become infected.
You must make sure that the skin around the wound is also clean and dry. If needed, you can cut the strips to a more appropriate length for the wound. When applying, leave a space of about 3mm between each strip.
How to Apply Butterfly Stitches to a Wound
- Start off by lining up the edges of the wound. This is very important because if you don’t line them up properly it can’t heal properly.
- Push the edges of the wound together and, starting from the middle of the wound, start applying the strips to hold the edges of the wound together.
- Place half of the strip on one side of the wound, gently bring the other side of the wound towards it, and then place the other half down.
- Place strips alternately above and below the first strip – this helps to match up the edges and keeps the skin tension equal.
- To anchor the rows of strips in place, put two strips vertically across the rows – one on each side of the wound.
How to Make Your Own Butterfly Stitches
- Cut a strip from a roll of 2.5 cm adhesive tape and fold it in half lengthwise, sticky side out.
- Cut a notch not far from the fold in each long side of the tape.
- Unfold the tape, then fold the notched pieces together, sticky side in. The centre of the tape will be non-sticky. Keep this part clean since it will be over the wound.
- Use as directed above.