I guess your surgeon was behind the door when they did the lecture on how long it takes dissolvable sutures to break down. There are some stitches that do break down in about 6 days ( fast-absorbing gut). However, it is common for surgeons to use chromic gut. It no longer surprises me that surgeons do not know how long it takes sutures like vicryl and chromic gut to break down (75 and 90 days respectively). This means that for the first couple of months, these sutures function like permanent suture. Unfortunately for optimal healing, it is best to remove these sutures between 6 and 10 days. Please be a squeaky wheel. Call your surgeon's office and insist that the sutures be removed. Tell then you are concerned that the eyelid sutures are not breaking down and are causing scaring. Don't take no for an answer.