I Am Afraid a Stitch Was Left in my Daughters Face from a Mole Removal. There is Now a Painful Lump. How To Tell?

My daughter had a mole removed from the side of her face and now there is a large raised (and she says painful) lump. Could that be a stitch left?

Doctor Answers 2

Possible stitch abscess causing painful lump after mole removal

What you are describing could be what is called a stitch or suture abscess which is a reaction caused by the placement of stitches buried beneath the surface.  It can often be drained easily.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Mole removal

This could be a suture reaction. Have the surgeon lokk at it, it may need to be opened and put on antibiotics.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.