Depending on where your sutures are, they may be removed as early as 5 – 7 days (face) after surgery, or as long as 2 weeks (hand and extremities) after surgery. Alternatively, they may be internal, dissolvable sutures. Once your incisions have healed, applying a simple skin moisturizer is recommended. This aids in softening the scar and may alleviate any itching in the surgically treated area. Good choices include fragrance-free moisturizers like Eucerin®, aloe vera, and Vaseline®. Vitamin E oil is acceptable, although about 15 percent of people experience a local allergic reaction.