Are my stitches infected? Please help. (photos)
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Are my stitches infected?
Dear luvjelena, You have what we call a spitting suture which needs removal. Contact your surgeons office and have them remove the stitch. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.
The suture is a foreign object to your body and these dissolvable sutures can cause a reaction as a result. The suture needs to be removed in order for the problem to resolve and this can be easily done by contacting your surgeon and scheduling an appointment to have it removed.
Spitting suture at alar base
The spitting suture should be removed. your plastic surgeon should be able to do this quickly in the office.
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you have what we call a spitting suture. Often times it is a race between our bodies to dissolve the suture vs. extruding the suture out. Whichever way, your body sees it as a foreign body and is trying to get rid of it. I would definitely go see your plastic surgeon. He or she will know what was done and can cut it out or try to calm the inflammation with some kenalog.
Hi. If you can see a clear stitch poking out from your skin, this is probably one of the deep stitches which were placed during your surgery. Based on the picture you likely have a small stitch abscess (difficult to be sure from a picture). You should see your surgeon so he/she can remove the stitch and this will clear everything up. Until then, you may want to clean it with dilute peroxide and apply antibiotic ointment.
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