Are stitches required for a puncture wound inside the upper lip?
No, if the bleeding has stopped and the structure of tissues not changed
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
If the wound has stopped bleeding and the structure of the lip has not changed and it will not look cosmetically bad when will heal, than you don't need to get a stitch.
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If worse or not better, I would recommend seeing a local doctor.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Also, It's swollen right now so it's hard for me to tell if the structure of the lip has changed - I'm not sure what that means. I'm trying to get a picture. I'm going to have to get someone else to take it. I did not tear the lip. But my husband thinks the puncture wound may have penetrated my upper lip as that was bleeding too. I couldn't see the bleeding. I saw the wound inside - could have scrapped on the way down.
No need for stitches.
Thank you for the follow up question.
I saw carefully your photo.
It doesn't need a stitch. Just give it time to heal now.
Apply vaseline or natural lipstick, to keep it moisturized, and it will heal faster.
Let me know if you have other questions or concerns.
Thank you for guiding me through this process. The lip looks better today. It is definitely on the mend
Again, thank you for being there for me.
Glad to have been of help
I am glad to have been somehow of help. Good to hear that your lip is better.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr. Klarida Papaqako, General & Family Physician
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