How do these stitches come out? (Photos)

How do these stitches come out? They arnt bio-degradable and they have a certain type of skin glue over it

Doctor Answers 2

Suture Removal

Hello,

The knots get cut and the entire suture comes out in one piece. This may happen in the next week or two.  Best of luck!


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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How do these stitches come out?

Thank you for your question.  It looks like you have what is called a continuous or running sub cuticular stitch. Both absorbable and non absorbable sutures can be used for this kind of skin closure. If the suture is not absorbable then when it is time to remove it your surgeon will cut the knot on one end and pull on the other so that the entire length of suture slides out.  This is my preferred type of skin closure because it prevents the "rail road track" type of scar that can result from a bunch of individual or " interrupted" sutures that have been left in place too long. 

Lars Enevoldsen, MD
Modesto Plastic Surgeon
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