I got silicone implants a year ago. It wasn't made in this country. I notice 3 stitches(two in one breast an one inthe other). My regular doctor took two out but the other one is stuck and it is difficult to remove. He send me two a esthetic doctor and he said they will need to make a cut to remove it. Is there a risk if I just leave the stitch there? What is the worse that could happened? And, Is this process expensive? I live in Omaha, ne. Thanks
I Have a Stitch Left from my Implants a Year Ago.
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Breast Enhancement Surgery
Why do you want to remove it?
If the stich is not causing a problem, I would not remove it. If it is causing you problems (pain, redness or that you can feel it when touching your breasts) then by all means do remove it. However, if it is just a visual issue, meaning that you can see the sitch or just that you know there is a stich then you can leave it in forever as it is embeded in your skin.
Only remove it if it causes a problem.
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