How Long Until Plastic Surgery Stitches Dissolve?
- Asked by mnatella in boston, ma
- 4 years ago
I had upper eyelid surgery 8 days ago, and the doctor used dissolvable stitches. How long does it normally take for stitches to dissolve? Is there anything I can do to make them dissolve faster?
Dissolving sutures in blepharoplasty
Depending on the suture, dissolving sutures may take anywhere from 5 days to 14 days to dissolve. Warm soaks and topical ointments may speed this process. To achieve the best scar appearance, non dissolving sutures should be run just under the skin from one end of the incision to the other. The suture ends are taped in place and after 3-5 days the suture is easily removed by sliding it out in the office. This leaves no "track" marks on the skin which external sutures can and since the suture is non dissolving there is no reaction from your body to the stitch and hence a better scar appearance.
Dissolving Sutures And Blepharoplasty
If your surgeon used a fast absorbing gut suture, it should dissolve within 7-10 days. In many cases the body digests the suture material under the skin before the visible portion of the suture thread actually falls off. Therefore, you may still see some suture material on the skin at 10 days or so. Keeping the incisions moisturized with ointment (preferably an eye antibiotic ointment) will help speed this process up. One of the worst things you can do is to allow the incision to scab or dry out. This can lead to worsening scar formation and slow the recovery considerably.
Disolvable suture will most likely stay for 30-60 days
most disolvable sutures remain for 30-60 days. if they are placed externally, they can be removed one week after surgery.
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Absorbable sutures for upper eyelid surgery
Absorbable sutures can sometimes take longer than expected to dissolve. 1% hydrogen peroxide will hasten this process for some types of sutures and is worth a try. Any remaining sutures should be removed by your surgeon to prevent suture marks.
Dissolving Stitches for Eyelid Surgery
We have different stitches that dissolve at different times: some will dissolve in 3-5 days, others can take weeks or months!
The dissolving stitches on the surface that you can see will generally dissolve between 3-7 days.
The stitches "dissolve" as a result of your body's reaction to the stitch material. Soaking them in water, for example, won't make them "dissolve" any faster.
Because your surgeon does want them in for a particular time period, check with him/her before doing something to remove them on your own.
If the stitches are hanging around too long, go into your surgeon's office to have them removed.
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Soaking and pulling away can remove dissolvable blepharoplasty sutures
Be sure to ask your doctor before trying this.
I use gut or chromic sutures when I want a dissolvable suture during blepharoplasty.
Gut dissolves in 4-5 days but Chromic can hang around for 10 to 14 days.
I normally remove non-absorbable sutures at 3-5 days, so you should not need eyelid sutures after 6-7 days normally.
Usually, chromic sutures and some gut sutures dry out and are not really holding the skin together at 6 days. In fact, leaving the suture in longer than 6-7 days can increase scarring.
Often, if the Chromic sutures are dry at 6-7 days, I just gently pull them away with a forceps or tweezer and they fall off easily.
Soaking can help loosen them.
I do not recommend that you do this yourself. Call your doctor's office. I am sure his nurse or assistant can do this for you.
Depending upon the exact suture material they used it could take up to two weeks or more. Applying topical antibiotic will help solubilize the suture material but it really depends upon your immune system. By 7-9 days after surgery you can ask your eye doctor to simply remove the sutures directly so you do not have to have the common problem with external sutures – Milia. Using a subcuticular closure with a non-absorbable suture allows me to remove it on the 7th day and reduces the risk of Milia.
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Dissolving Eyelid Surgery Stitches
Size "6-0 fast-absorbing gut" sutures are most commonly used with eyelid surgery. These will consistently dissolve by 7-10 days if the patient is using hydrogen peroxide to clean the incisions and sutures, and applying an antibiotic ointment as well. Both the hydrogen peroxide and the ointment help the sutures dissolve. Although the hydrogen peroxide speeds this process more than the ointment, it can also bleach the eyelids if used too much, so should not be used more often than 2 times per day. Often, these sutures will become soft and unravel, at which point they can be grabbed and removed with a fine forceps even before they dissolve.
Time for stitches to dissolve
Most dissolvable stitches used in eyelid surgery are made of gut, which dissolves in 7-14 days if you are using adequate ointment. If they are left dry, they may take longer. Some surgeons use some Vicryl sutures, which take 3-4 weeks or more to dissolve.
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How Long Until Plastic Surgery Stitches Dissolve?
Depends on the sutures used most of them will dissolve within 6days-6 weeks depends on the type they used.
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