I had a face lift and had both sutures and staples removed before leaving on vacation. I discovered they had left in 13 staples when one of them fell out in my hand. It will be six weeks tomorrow when I go for my visit. (they are in the front right above the ear, six on each side.) I did call the doctor's office to see if they meant to leave them in. They said no, they shouldn't be there. They come out tomorrow and are really tender. Is it normal for staples to be missed like that?
I Had a Face Lift Six Weeks Ago and Staples Were Left in My Face? (photo)
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Staples in facelifts
Staples Left after Facelift
The staples can usually be removed in 1 or 2 weeks. They can still be removed later, likely without causing adverse event. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Staples left in skin
After that length of time the staples will be buried. Everything should heal fine but a miss of 13 staples would be surprising.
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Staples post lift
Scalp Skin Staples/Clips usually removed in first 7-14 days
Staples left in after surgery
unfortunately, you had staples left in for longer than usual. However, they should be able to be removed without any consequence.
Staples after Facelift
We normally use sutures and tissue glue for our Facelifts and all sutures are removed by day 7. We don't like to use staples as sutures provide a more precise closure and a better looking scar. In your case, the staples simply need to be removed, and they don't appear to have caused any problems.
That is unfortunate but they seem very well tolerated.
Staples are designed to elicit minimal tissue reaction. Ideally they are removed at 7 to 10 days. Please have your surgeon remove all the staples. It would be interesting to know how these were left in so long. However, as others have pointed out this is unlikely to any consequences. Staples are generally used in very inconspicuous area on the scalp which may be why the are still there. Next time you notice something that does not seem right, don't wait, call your doctor and get it taken care of.
Are these Staples supposed to be left in?
Most sutures with a facelift are removed around 1 week post-op. Unfortunately these seem to be forgotten, they do not look to be in an area that scarring will be an issue, they should not cause any long term difference in your result.
Staple Removal After Facelift
Staples are typically removed between 7 and 10 days after a Facelift. The situation described is likely to have been an oversight, but really shouldn't have any significant aesthetic consequences.