How long are the stitches supposed to stay in after liposuction? (Photo)

I had a bbl done and now I am 2 1/2 weeks post op. I went for my massage and she told me I had stitches in my back. I called the office and they told me they are dissolvable. How long does it take for these stitches to dissolve?

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Thanks for the question and for the photos.

Sutures generally dissolve within the first 2 weeks following surgery.  I remove all sutures within 5-8 days.

Contact your surgeon about removing any still present after 2 1/2 weeks.  You may also just cut the knots with a small clean scissors and the rest of the suture will fall out shortly thereafter on their own.

Best of luck.

Dr. T

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Dissolvable stitches

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Absorbable sutures usually fall out within 4 weeks post op . if the knot bothers you , you could cut the knot with small clean scissors after 2 weeks 

Best wishes 

Katherine Feliz Camilo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

How long are the stitches supposed to stay in after liposuction

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Thank you for your question.  I usually remove sutures in 2-5 days. Sutures will dissolve or fall out in 3 weeks to 3 months.  Best Wishes

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Dissolvable stitches

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Usually dissolvable stitches fall off by about a week or so.  Some last a bit longer. If there is one still in, you should ask your surgeon to trim them or cut them out.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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