I had a basal cell carcinoma removed - suture removal scheduled at 2weeks
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Suture removal time...
It all depends on where the surgery was performed. Two weeks is quite standard for areas that do not include the head and neck. Typically the trunk and extremities are 2 weeks while the face is 5-7 days and the neck is 5-14 days. There is some variance among surgeons and training but this is fairly standard. You are correct that the longer sutures remain the more risk of "railroad tracking" however some areas such as the trunk need more time or else the site may dehisce (pull apart). Thus, higher tension areas require longer suture retention times to balance the risk of dehiscence versus aesthetics.
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