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Surgery Needed for Opened Up Blepharoplasty Stitches?

My stitches have opened up on one side after blepharoplasty. I had the surgery 2 months ago. Will I need blepharoplasty again or can the scar be simply stitched back up?

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If blepharoplasty stitches open at 2 months, there is a wound healing problem

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Blepharoplasty incisions should be tightly healed at 6-8 weeks. If yours have opened, there is a problem with wound healing. Are you taking stroids for asthma, arthritis or other problem? Steroids can interfere with wound healing.

You need to see your doctor for an evaluation and repair.


Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty incision

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It is extremely unlikely that your incision would have opened after two months following surgery. It may be that a semi or permanent suture has worked its way into the skin. In either case, I would follow up with your surgeon. A simple in office procedure can be performed in order to remove any scar tissue and appropriately close the wound.

Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty should be all healed by 2 months

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It would be extremely unusual for the blepharoplasty incision to open after 2 months, whether is has stitches or not. Most surgeons remove the stitches after 5 - 7 days. In any case, if your incision opened, or your scar got wider, go back to your surgeon's office for an assessment. They should be able to deal with this issue. If they can't, consider seeing another surgeon for a consult or write back and include a photo.

On a different note, upper lid incisions usually heal extremely well, so if you happen to have a wider scar, it should be easy to revise it.

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Eyelid surgery

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This is such a rare occurence that I would definetly go back to your surgeon and have him/her look at it.  By two months everything should be close to 100% healed. 

Robert M. Jensen, MD
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Blepharoplasty incisions

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I agree with the other remarks that it would be highly unlikely for a blepharoplasty incision to open up after two months. You should return to your surgeon for evaluation. You may have a suture abscess which can be treated without surgery.

Maurice M. Khosh, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty incision

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At 2 months it is unlikely that your sutures opened up. You should obviously be seen by your surgeon.  Sometimes small sutures abscesses can develop if subcutaneous sutures were placed. In the majority of blepharoplasties just skin stitches are used.

Steven Wallach, MD
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Needs evaluation

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It is unusual for a wound to open up after two months.  You need to have this evaluated to see why this happened, and to try to avoid a recurrence.

Scott E. Kasden, MD
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Stitches coming out after blepharoplasty

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If it's been two months, the area can most likely be cleaned and then re-sutured to make the scar as minimal as possible.  This can also probably be done in the office under local anesthesia only.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
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Blepharoplasty stitches

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It is very unlikely that your stitches have opened up. Most likely, there may be some milia or stitch related irritation as mentioned by the other surgeons. I would recommend you see your surgeon. But it is unlikely you will need to close this incision. However, a scar revision may be required in the future.

Amir M. Karam, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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