How Long Until Plastic Surgery Stitches Dissolve?

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?

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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.

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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3720 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Dissolving sutures and eyelid surgery

Usually when dissolvable sutures are used in eyelid surgery they dissolve within 7-10 days.  If they do not dissolve you should return to your surgeon to have them removed.

David Freilich, MD
Englewood Oculoplastic Surgeon

15 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

Blepharoplasty dissolving sutures.

It depends on what you had done, the suture that the surgeon used, and where he/she put it.  Dissolvable sutures can range in their time to finally go away, (i.e.; rapid absorbing cat gut, vs. monocryl).  Most will take out external sutures before 7 to 10 days to avoid extra scarring.  Usually it is not a good idea to "make" them dissolve faster.  They are most likely there for a reason.  If you have questions, please call your surgeon.  They usually have a reason for selection of type of suture and placement.  Ask what the plan is, and then please stick to it...

Jeffrey Roth, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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9280 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148

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.

S. Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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16055 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

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.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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2050 E County Line Rd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

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.

Jeffrey M. Darrow, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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170 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Using dissolvable sutures for blepharoplasty procedures.

Thank you for your question.  The answer depends on what type of sutures were used.  The fastest dissolving sutures may only stick around for for 5 days.  However, some absorbable sutures may hang around for several weeks.  In this case, it is more likely that the suture will partially dissolve and fall out.  For most facial procedures, I generally recommend any dissolvable suture material that has not fallen out on its own be removed in the office after about 7-10 days. 

Brian Harmych, MD
Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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29225 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122

Dissolving Sutures

We have dissolving sutures that dissolve at 4 days, 7 days, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, etc.
You should ask your surgeon what type of sutures were used and when you can expect them to dissolve.

Gilbert Lee, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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11515 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

How Long Until Plastic Surgery Stitches Dissolve

Thankk you for your question.  In my practice,  all sutures for eyelid surgery are removed in 5 days.  If you have absorbable sutures, like chromic suture, then it will dissolve in 7-12 days.  Best wishes

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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5880 Ashmill Dr
Plano, TX 75024

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