Mini Abdominoplasty Stitches (photo)

Hi, i had a mini abdominoplasty 25 days ago. The stitches are almost all dissolved except on the extreme sides and a one or two hairline sutures in the middle. The extreme side ones are out of my body, as in they are knotted or something. should i be concerned? it doesnt seem to be infected but a few nights ago i had these terrible chills.

Doctor Answers 7

Get your incision checked out

Please see your surgeon to check out your incisions. While it doesn't appear that your incision is infected, there is some redness around it that may need to be checked out.

Paramus Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 140 reviews

Infection after Tummy Tuck?

Thank you for the question and pictures.

Based on the pictures, I do not think you have an infection of the suture line present. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon to address the remaining suture as well as the cause of your “chills”.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,499 reviews

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck

This could be a suture that should be removed.  Contact your board-certified Plastic Surgeon for removal. 

Jeff Scott, MD
Everett Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Mini Abdominoplasty Stitches

its time to get your sutures removed! You are having a reaction to the stitches that I usually would remove at about 7-10 days at the latest.....

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Sutures with mini tummy tuck

It looks like your skin is irritated but it does not look like an infection- You should see your plastic surgeon and have him/her cut the knot at the skin and remove what is left, everything should then resolve. Good luck!

Tiffany McCormack, MD
Reno Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Mini Abdominoplasty Stitches

Photos shows a permanent suture that NEEDS removal ASAP. Also you describe cellulitis with possible infection that needs antibiotic therapy, again ASAP. Best to contact/be seen by your PS ASAP

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Sutures 25 days after mini tummy tuck

It does not appear you have an obvious infection based on your photos.  However, I would recommend you see your PS to address your suture concerns.  Your PS can also examine the area to make sure all is healing well.  Best of luck.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

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