Is It Normal to Have Internal Stitches Push out of the Skin? (photo)

I am 3 weeks post op and just noticed some of my internal stitches are pushing there way out. I pulled one out thinking it was dry skin ( that is where the red dot is) beside it is the other stitches that is pushing out of my skin. All of my external stitches have been taken out at 2 weeks post op. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers (3)

Egress of buried sutures through the wound fairly common after breast reduction.

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Dissolvable stitches sometimes works their way through the incision before they completely dissolve. This is called "spitting" and is fairly common. They will have no long-term effect on the outcome.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Sutures coming out

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is not 'normal' but it does happen.  Usually they are self-limiting problems but you should inform your surgeon so the sutures can be removed if several are showing themselves.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Spitting sutures

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What you describe is very common. Not to worry. It's a nuisance not a problem. See you doctor.

Val Lambros, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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