My doctor is removing mine 13 days after surgery. It's been 9 days and my eyelids are getting really sore & tight feeling. Everything I read says they should be removed after 5-7 days. But her office said she always does around 10 days. But she's on vacation that's why I have to wait longer. Is that okay?
How Long After Eyelid Surgery Should Stitches Be Removed?
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Suture removal after blepharoplasty
Most sutures are removed 5 to 7 days after eyelid surgery.
I personaly use a type of suture that needs to be removed about 5 to 7 days after upper eyelid surgery. On the lower eyelids the incision I make is so small that most of the time it does not require any stitching.
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Removing Sutures after Eyelid Surgery
About 1 week is normal for removing sutures after blepharoplasty. Waiting 2 weeks after a blepharoplasty follow-up with your doctor is a bit overdue, and you don't want to risk an infection.
Usually for standard eyelid surgery the sutures are removed within a week. 13 days sounds a bit long.
When should eyelid stitches be removed
If you have traditional eyelid surgery, the stitches are generally removed in 5-7 days. However if the surgery is performed with a CO-2 laser the skin initially heals a little bit slower and the stitches are removed in 10-14 days.
Waiting almost 13 days is not ideal, as the sutures will be a bit more difficult to remove. Most offices will have staff [nurse or medical assistant] that can remove stitches. If they refuse, ask them to refer you to a colleague that can remove the sutures.
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