4 months post op thigh lift, I have a hole on my groin incision. Moderate amount of drainage from hole. Is this normal? (photo)
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The Management of Suture Abscesses
It's not unusual for plastic surgeons to utilize buried absorbable sutures when they perform thigh lift surgery. These sutures are placed in the dermis to provide strength to the wound closure.
Depending upon the specific type of suture utilized, these sutures typically resorb in two to three months following surgery. At this point, the wound has gained most of its tensile strength and scars are less likely to spread.
Unfortunately, these sutures are a foreign material and for this reason, your body has a tendency to work them to the surface before they're totally dissolved. When sutures break through the skin, they can sometimes become infected and form a stitch abscess.
This is a common occurrence when this type of suture is utilized. When these sutures protrude through the skin, they should be removed to avoid secondary problems. If the sutures are buried and not causing problems, they should be left alone to dissolve on their own.
Post thigh lift
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Delayed wound healing
In body contouring procedures, typically after a patient has lost a great deal of weight, wound healing issues can arise. Conservative wound management is the best way to go. Keep your nutrition up, eat lots of protein, and keep the surface of the wound clean. It will likely heal within the next couple months.
Congratulations on your surgery.
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