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How Long Before Neck Lift Stitches Are Dissolved?

I had Neck Lift and Blepharoplasty, and I've been on 3 different types of antibiotics for 30 days due to a swollen stich in my lower jaw area. It's still red, swollen, and bruised. It's not necessarily painful because I am numb. I'm afraid that my body won't dissolve the stitch and it will poke through. How long does it take for a stitch to be dissolved in the body?

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Necklift Suture Irritation

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My advice is most certainly to discuss your concerns with your surgeon and/or his clinical team as soon as possible.


Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Neck lift suture irritation

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If this is a superficial stitch, I usually try to remove them when they become irritated.  If it is a deep stitch in the muscle, holding the muscles together that were tightenend, than a prolonged course of antibioitics may be the best solution.  This needs to be clarified and discussed with your surgeon.  Make sure you are seeing a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Samer W. Cabbabe, M.D.

Board - Certified Plastic Surgeon

St. Louis Plastic Surgery Consultants
 

Samer W. Cabbabe, MD, FACS
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Neck Stitches After Surgery

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I would agree with the other physicians who suggest talking with your surgeon. There are several types of stitches which can be used - some which dissolve and others which do not. Being on a month of antibiotics is a bit unusual for a simple stitch abscess and without knowing what was done, it is impossible to suggest what your best course of action in treatment might be.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Neck lift Stitch Abscess

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Regarding: "I had Neck Lift and Blepharoplasty, and I've been on 3 different types of antibiotics for 30 days due to a swollen stich in my lower jaw area. It's still red, swollen, and bruised. It's not necessarily painful because I am numb. I'm afraid that my body won't dissolve the stitch and it will poke through. How long does it take for a stitch to be dissolved in the body"

There are several techniques of Neck Lifting, the most common of which involves stitching the superficial neck muscle in the midline and then pulling up and to the sides on the sides of the muscle behind the ear and stitching it near a bony prominence right behind the ear. The stitching is done with either dissolving or permanent stitches or a combination of both. Usually the side stitches are permanent.

Your situation is extremely uncommon. I have never heard of anyone treating a ?stitch abscess with a month of antibiotics. If not removed, these stitches usually make their way to the surface as a small ulcer. It can then be removed very easily.

Dissolving stitches can last from 4 weeks to 5 months but the permanent stitches last forever. You really need to get more answers from your surgeon.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Stitch abscess?

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It is unclear what type of sutures that you have in your neck.  A month of antibiotics sounds unusual. I would contact your surgeon and follow-up.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Redness and recovery after a neck lift

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This is a difficult question as there are two different types of sutures placed during a neck lift.  If the sutures are absorbable, they should dissolve within 6 months.  Permanent sutures may remain for the rest of your life. Discuss the surgery with your plastic surgeon. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Depends on the type of stitches

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If the stitch in the lower jaw area is still red, swollen, and bruised it will need to be removed. It may be a permanent stitch and not a dissolvable stitch. Stitch abscesses are best treated by local removal and the inflammation subsides. If not addressed, they can poke through the skin, which needs to be addressed.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Not all stitches dissolve

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Sutures used in neck lift procedure may me permanent sutures so the dissolving issue may not apply to your question.  If your sutures dissolve the usual time frame can be 1 to 6 months or so for the most common dissolvable sutures.

Richard Gentile, MD
Youngstown Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Stitches serve many purposes

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Some stitches are permanent, others are temporary. The temporary ones can dissolve over time depending on the type of stitch used. Some will last as little as 5 days, while others will last up to 6 months.

The dissolvable stitches can create a local inflammatory reaction that causes the stitches to be pushed through the skin--something we call spitting a stitch. Permanent stitches don't cause the same spitting, but can harbor infection. If this is the case, then the only good treatment s removal of the sticthes.

Discuss this with your doctor.

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Ask your surgeon about the stitches used in your lift

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You really need to ask your surgeon this question:

There are stitches that last anywhere from 5 days up to forever. These are all used in facial plastic surgery and typically many different types are used on the same paitent.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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