Stitches fell off after otolasty?
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Dissolvable suture after otoplasty
This sounds like it was a dissolvable stitch that had finally dissolved enough to fall off with just a little bit of cleaning. It should not affect your result in any way.
You likely brushed off an absorbable stitch sitting at the surface of the skin; it is common practice to close the behind-the-ear incision with this type of suture, and most of the stitches dissolve and fall off within a few weeks after surgery. If you are not having pain, drainage, or redness at the incision site, you would do well just to keep an eye on the area. If you are having any of the above worrisome symptoms, have questions, or need reassurance, you would do well to contact your surgeon for a check-up. Good luck in your recovery.
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