What Do I Do About Bumps Along Suture Line (Stitches Out) Post-lower Bleph?

I had lower blepharoplasty two weeks ago, and the dr. removed the stitches 5 days later. I have a line of bumps along the suture line of both eyes. What can I do to make these go away? Can the dr. remove them at this point?

Doctor Answers 11

Bumps along suture line after blepharoplasty

Thank you for your question. First, do not hesitate seek advice from your surgeon especially during the early postoperative period. The small 'bumps' that you describe are commonly seen during the early healing period. They typically resolve without any intervention. If the appearance worsens or does not improve with time, there are treatment options available. Good luck. 

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 131 reviews

Healing after eyelid surgery

the bumps are generally a normal reaction to sutures

they usually resolve over several weeks.  gentle massage , time,  warm and cold compresses may help

occasional steroid such as maxitrol or tobradex can be of benefit

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Bumps along suture line after blepharoplasty

Bumps along the suture lines are not an uncommon occurrence after blepharoplasties (upper or lower).  These will usually flatten out over a period of 4 - 6 weeks.  Occasionally, one might notice some white bumps as well which are little cysts that will also disappear with time.  Nothing need to be done - a little tincture of time takes care of these minor problems.

Joseph N. Togba, MD
Oakland Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Wound Healing Following Blepharoplasty

It's normal to have areas of irregularity along the incision following blepharoplasty surgery. These areas of irregularity occur for a variety of reasons including suture tracts, normal skin edge eversion, inflammation, crusting, scabbing and normal wound healing.

These lumps, bumps and bulges tend to heal nicely with the passage of time. This process can be facilitated by gentle massage, topical ointments and avoidance of sun exposure. When these steps are taken, eyelid incisions heal nicely.

If you're concerned about the appearance of your eyelids following blepharoplasty, it's important to consult your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to make an appropriate recommendation regarding the optimization of wound healing.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Bumps along lower eyelid

Give yourself some time for these skin incision sites to heal up. Talk to your surgeon as you are only two weeks out of surgery and most likely this a part of normal healing. Rarely, you can develop and inflammatory reaction to the suture used but consult your surgeon if this persists.

Sean Paul, MD
Austin Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Bumps along incision

The bumps that are often seen along the wound is very common and almost always resolve without treatment. If any large ones persist, your surgeon can remove them. The time for an eyelid scar to fully heal is about 1 year. 

James R. Gordon, MD, FACS, FAAO
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 144 reviews

Suture line bumps

As you note, you are two weeks post-blepharoplasty and the "bumps" you note could be either part of the healing process or small cysts.  Definitely bring this to your surgeon's attention and monitor the progress of the healing.  In all likelihood, they will resolve gradually and no intervention would be required at this early post-operative stage. 

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Bumps along the suture line post blepharoplasty

Bumps along the suture line post blepharoplasty should be observed for several weeks.   Once you have healed completely, should they persist as true cysts, they can be removed and shouldn't require sutures.   I agree that you are too early for any intervention and talking to your surgeon is your best option at this stage.   Try to be patient.

Alan Weiss, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Bumps post eyelid surgery

Its too early for anything.  These small "bumps" should resolve on their own.  THere is no need to apply any medications or ointments in my opinion. I would simply apply scar cream and gently massage that area with a q tip.  This will allow the scar area to soften with time.  If you are too aggressive it may lead to more problems in my opinion.  Be patient.

Dr. Vasisht- South Shore Plastic Surgery

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

What Do I Do About Bumps Along Suture Line (Stitches Out) Post-lower Bleph?

The bumps are the lower eyelid skin's response to the sutures and should flatten and disappear over time.  I'd give it a few more weeks and then ask your plastic and cosmetic surgeon, that did your eyelid surgery if they persist.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 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.