Okay to leave all 3 stitches in until all can be removed?

3 stitches tip of nose 7 days ago punch bx, dr. Out of country another 11 days. Dr. Says if comes back cancer, can only remove 2 of the stitches in a week, 1 needs to remain for exact location for treatment. Original tx october 2012 with liquid nitrogen that only seemed to work months. First basal diagnosis very close (on side of nose) to this site january 2012.

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Suture removal after skin cancer

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Suture removal timing is an art and should generally be reserved for your surgeon to decide; depending on the type of sutures placed, location, and type of closure. After the sutures are removed, our office usually recommends topical scar creams such as Plato's Scar Serum.

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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