How Can I Remove Dissolvable Stitches on my Own?

i had my rhinoplast/septoplasty oversees.. it has been over a month the stitches on the septum havent dissolved. when i tug on the knots i feel a weird sensation within the septum. i am trying to get in contact with an ent in canada but its taking too long. its been 2 weeks and no response. how do doctors remove these stiches? can i cut them off because the knots are sticking out alot and are really bugging me.

Doctor Answers (2)

Rhinoplasty to remove stitches


Dear butterfly101,

  1. In most cases, if we see sutures inside the nose, then we cut them out and remove them
  2. I cannot advise you to remove them on your own as I do not what kind of sutures were used (sometimes we place permanent sutures in)
  3. If they bother you and cause a lot of pain or discomfort, and you are sure they are dissolvable, you can remove them yourself - and again, I can't guarantee that your results would be affected (an online disclaimer)
  4. If you were my client and you lived away from my office, I would say it would be OK to remove them

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Rhinoplasty - Septoplasty - Dissolvable sutures


Hello. Usually dissolvable suture used on the septum tend to dissolve within the first month; if this has not happened yet, you could try for a few days to gently clean your nostrils and wet the suture knot with sterile saline, to help the suture to go.

Should this not be successful, I would advice to go and see your GP or your practice nurse and she will gently cut it. I would not recommend to do it yourself.

Best of luck

Andrea Marando


Andrea Marando, MD
Manchester Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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