What Happens to Skin After Giampappa Stitch Removal?

Hi Looking for information on the Giampappa Stitch what happens to the skin if this has to be removed?

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What Happens to Skin After Giampappa Stitch Removal?

This will depend upon how well the tissues have healed and the time to scar formation in relation to removal of the suture.

Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Skin Redraping in Necklift

The Giampapa suture, or alternatively the Webster suture in a neck-lift is designed to allow for an improved neck contour, allowing the skin of the neck to "redrape" in this new contour.  The technique is based on the principle that more skin is required to fill in a concavity than a convexity.  Therefore, a Giampapa suture can be used in situations of mild skin laxity to allow for a great neck result without skin excision.  This technique does not work as well when moderate to severe skin laxity exists. After several weeks, the suture plays a minor role in your result.  If a Giampapa suture is removed, there should be little or no adverse effect on your result, assuming that the skin has already re-draped (3-4 weeks postop).

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What Happens to Skin After Giampappa Stitch Removal?

This technique relies on a non-absorbable suture suspension. While some skin is typically removed behind the ear, the majority of the neck and jawline refine results from repositioning via that stitch. There is a risk that removal of the suture will result in some relaxation along the neck and jawline. Unfortunately, there's no way to predict exactly how much relaxation will occur. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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