Lip laceration and suture removal, is this correct?
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Dissolvable sutures for lip repair
It sounds like the Dr. wanted to remove the permanent stitches in the skin and let the dissolvable sutures in the mucosa (the pink part of your lip) dissolve on their own. That sounds like a reasonable plan, as mucosa heals much better than skin with minimal scarring, and he probably wanted to support the area as much as possible while it heals since lips are in constant motion. Discuss this with your surgeon but sounds like a reasonable plan. Best of luck.
There are many different types of sutures. Synthetic, organic, permanent and absorbable. The permanent ones need to be removed (likely the ones he used at the top). The lower ones absorb and weaken overtime as the body breaks them down. It is a delicate balance of having enough support to the tissues and not leaving them too long to leave tacks. The plan sounds reasonable. Obviously the only way to know is to have the exact suture type.
Best of luck,
Laceration Repair and Types of Sutures
Thank you for your question. Meticulous repair and expertise is important for repair of lip lacerations because improper repair can lead to poor results. More importantly, the lips are a focal point of the face and inadequate repair can be easily noticeable. When performing repair of lip lacerations, the vermillion may be re-approximated with absorbable suture. The vermillion border (white roll), is usually repaired with a nonabsorbable suture to ensure the alignment is maintained. The nonabsorbable suture should be removed within 4-5 days to prevent permanent suture marks.
Nicholas Jones, MD
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