Can You Get Micropore Tape Wet?


Answer: 3M Surgical tapes are sold clean, not sterile. Micropore tapes may be sterilized by ethylene oxide but NOT by steam (autoclave). Although 3M provides sterilization guidelines, it is up to the facility to ensure sterility.

How long does micropore tape stay on?

Following your breast surgery it is important to continue to keep the micropore tape over your scars for up to 6 weeks. The pressure of the micropore tape over your scars helps to reduce tension on the healing wound which helps reduce the risk of developing problematic scarring and improves surgical scars healing.

Can I shower with tape on?

You may shower, bathe and swim with Kinesio Tape® on the skin. Let the tape air dry, or pat dry with a towel (do not use a hair dryer to dry). Avoid sun/excessive heat on the tape.

How long can KT tape be worn?

K-Tape is designed to stay on for an average of 3-4 days. The adhesive is heat sensitive, so your doctor will rub the tape to make sure it is properly adhered to your skin. After 1-2 hours of normal activity, the K-Tape should be properly bonded to the treated area.

Should you sleep with KT tape on?

I believe the best benefit is actually cumulative; the more (not just during sports activities) and longer (even at night during sleep) you wear the tape, the better the benefits of healing and support it offers.

How often should I change my micropore tape?

Patients may shower 24 hours after surgery but should leave the Micropore™ tape intact. After showering, the tape should be patted dry or the cool setting on a hairdryer used to dry the tape. We recommend continuing to tape the scars for 3 months, replacing the Micropore™ tape only when necessary.

What can I use instead of micropore tape?

In the 3M lineup, the closest substitute for Micropore is their Transpore tape. There are actually two versions of this tape, a wound-dressing version which acts more like Micropore, and a surgical version.

Where can I use micropore tape?

Use to secure dressings and lightweight tubing and for repeated taping on fragile skin. 3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape is for securing small to medium dressings (especially on damp skin), lightweight tubing and ostomy appliances, as well as taping fragile, at-risk skin or when repeated taping is needed.

What is micropore tape for?

Micropore Paper Tape — Commonly used to secure bandages and dressings to skin without leaving a sticky residue, micropore paper tape is hypoallergenic and can be used long-term, without fear of skin irritation. Its adhesive sticks to skin, underlying tape, or directly to dressing materials.

Is Transpore tape the same as micropore tape?

They are latex-free and hypoallergenic tapes that are gentle to the skin yet adheres well and leaves minimal adhesive residue upon removal. Micropore is a paper tape, whereas Transpore is a transparent plastic tape. Economical versions are available.

Can you get scar tape wet?

If I do place surgical strips on the incisions, you can take care of them by generally keeping them dry. It is OK to shower with them and get them wet in the shower, but then try to gently dry them off afterwards. Some patients have used a blow drier to help dry them off, and that can work well.


How does Micropore tape help scars?

Adhesive paper tapes such as Micropore, available at pharmacies, can reduce the possibility of scars becoming raised and are effective in applying gentle and constant pressure to skin.

When do you use micropore tape?

We recommend removing the tape prior to showering and replacing it after the wound has been dried thoroughly. For maximum benefit, micropore tape should ideally be worn 24 hours a day for several weeks. Tape can be used immediately after sutures are removed at about 2 weeks after surgery.

How do you remove tape without pain?

4 Tips for removing medical tape as painlessly as possible:

  1. Put baby oil around the edges, and let it soak in. …
  2. Rubbing alcohol is another great way to reduce pain when removing medical tape. …
  3. Take a warm wet washcloth and place it over the tape for 10-15 minutes, and slowly peel the tape back.

How do I remove Transpore tape?

Peel the edge of the tape back, forming a small triangle. Supporting the skin adjacent to the tape, glide a small amount of moisturizer on the leading (peel) edge of the tape. This is often enough to soften the adhesive and release it from hair.

Can you put micropore tape over stitches?

For further wound dressing, please apply Micropore tape (medical adhesive paper tape) to the wound, completely covering the suture line. The tape should be applied parallel to the wound. Occasionally, the micropore tape is strongly adhesive and does not easily come off, even when wet.

Is surgical tape good for scars?

Constant pressure on the scar (either with tape or silicone gel sheeting) as well as massage in the first 6 months of healing can dramatically reduce the thickness of a scar. In general, I have my patients use a micropore tape for the first one to six months after surgery.

Is micropore tape hypoallergenic?

3M™ Micropore™ Medical Tape is a multi-purpose, hypoallergenic paper tape that is gentle to skin, yet adheres well and leaves minimal adhesive residue upon removal.

Does KT Tape work for knee pain?

KT Tape can help reduce pain and inflammation for many common injuries*. With this application you will get support, pain relief, and normal body mechanics without restricting motion or circulation like other treatments*.

What do the different colors of Kinesio tape mean?

There is no physical or chemical difference between the colors. The colors were developed to be compatible with color therapy. The beige was created for minimal visibility and the black was created after many requests. Color choice is a matter of individual preference.