This suture can be (and should be) removed as a simple office procedure. Its removal should not impact the results of your facelift one year later, as scarring hold up the lift at this point. Likewise, its removal should not impact tension on your scar.
After 1 year, the scar tissue formed underneath the skin is holding the skin in the lifted position. If you are having sutures come through the skin, they should be removed.
Over the year of healing after a facelft, you skin has slightly stretched. For this reason, there should not be any excess tension on the skin after removing the suture.
I hope this helps.
The sutures need to be removed. If you are a year out from surgery the muscle and soft tissue have already scarred down and it should not have an effect on your facelift results. An incision can be made through the previous scar and the suture can be removed. The incision can then be closed without placing excess tension on the skin.
The exposed suture should be able to be removed through direct access at the exposure site. At this stage, love a year after surgery, its removal should not change the result, since wound healing and scar tissue formation are mostly completed by this time. You should see your surgeon to have this suture removed.
The exposed permanent suture need to be removed in order to allow healing in the area that is currently inflamed. At one year, the underlying tissues have most likely healed and the suture removal should have little effect on the present skin tension. A revision will possibly be able to improve your scarring and mal-positioned earlobes.
Removing the suture can be performed in the office provided it is not a "thread lift" suture. These have multiple barbs that prevent easy removal. You have a legal right to your medical records. Contact the office again and tell them your problem. They should not be brushing you off.
This type of problem is sometimes common with permanent sutures. I have not used personally these types of sutures but I have had many patients that come to my clinic with them extruding. There should be no problem with removing them one year after the procedure. If the suture is creating irritation, extruded, discomfort, or infection then it has to be removed. Hope this helps.
Dr. Gustavo A. Diaz
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Thank you for your question about facelift. Keep in mind, a thread lift is not a facelift.
Yes, it is possible but sometimes difficult to remove the sutures that were used for a thread lift.
To be sure, see two or more experienced, board-certified Plastic Surgeons for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.
I hope this helps.
It looks as though the suture should be removed. He clearly is creating irritation. I personally think these permanent sutures should not be used in a facelift as I find them ineffectual and they can create long-term problems.
Yes, they can be removed. The skin might need to be incised, depending on how deep the suture is. However, it does need to be removed as it is protruding from your skin.