After one week of facelift surgery, should the area around the stitches be red?
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Redness after Facelift
Redness after facelift surgery
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Pink or red color around stitches is common after facelift surgery the first week
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At 1 week after a facelift redness can be normal ... however
Some patients can get very red along their incisions early after surgery. If the incision is not being cleaned regularly with peroxide with antibiotic ointment applied multiple times during the day, the incision can get irritated and red. If the incision has not been cleaned since the surgery, it can be crusty, irritated and red. By cleaning of dried blood and skin can reduce the chance of infection. The antibiotic ointment keeps the incision moist which helps the incision to heal faster.
The suture type can cause the incision to be red also. Chromic sutures or some dissolvable sutures which surgeons do not remove a week later, can be irritating to the skin. The fact that the sutures are dissolvable often means that the surgeon does not see the patient back to take them out. These sutures do not always fall out a the 1 week mark and the skin start to form "track marks" on either side of the incision if they are left in too long.
Some patients who have pink ruddy skin or have red hair, often times react to incisions by forming a very red incision line. This seems to be how these patients heal. Over the long term, their incisions heal without redness, but it can be alarming when it is first noticed.
Hopefully it is a normal reason for the incision to be red. Since you are 1 week after your facelift, your sutures should be coming out. Sometimes the redness is an indication that the sutures should be removed. A week or two after the sutures are removed the redness improves significantly.
Good luck on your facelift recovery.
Redness by suture lines after facelift
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