I had a mommy makeover 2 weeks ago. I was supposed to get my stitches out (FTT/BA/BL) today, but due to taking too long and waiting 1.5 hours, I had to leave and reschedule the soonest 5 days from today. Should I be concerned? My PS doesn't seem concerned, but I've read some of the docs mention railroad track scarring.
Is It Okay to Wait 3 Weeks Before Stitches Are Removed after Mommy Makeover?
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I have very few sutures to remove as I put in mostly dissolving type sutures. There are too many variables in how different surgeons operate to be able to say whether or not a few days period will make a difference in your case. Your surgeon's word is the best thing you will have.
John Di Saia MD
Mommy Makeover and suture removal
After a Mommy Makeover sutures may or may not need to be removed depending on the type of suture your surgeon used and how the incision was closed. If the suture was run under the surface of the skin (intradermal) and you can't see it, it would be alright to leave it in for three weeks. If the suture is seen on the surface of the skin - like a baseball stitch - it may leave a more prominent scar (railroad track) if left in longer. Check back with your surgeon.
Is it okay to wait 3 weeks before stitches are removed after Mommy Make Over
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Leaving them in for longer may not make a big difference, although it could make removal just a little more difficult.
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This is entirely dependent upon the surgeon’s closure technique. The majority of surgeons utilize absorbable internal sutures that don’t require removal.
In some cases, non absorbable sutures are used. Under these circumstances, suture removal depends on multiple variables that are related to wound healing. The timing of suture removal is therefore dependent on these variables and the surgeon’s assessment of the wounds status.
If you have questions about suture removal it’s important to discuss them with your surgeon. Your surgeon has experience taking care of wounds and has detailed knowledge about your particular wound closure.
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