Is it normal to have to wait 6 weeks for stitches to be removed around my areola?

I am 17 days post op from a breast reduction. I had my 1 week follow up with my provider for about 5 mins. My next appointment is 4 weeks from now. I still have the clear surgical tape on my scars and areola as well. I'm worried leaving them in so long will create scars that will be harder to heal. Also noticing a slight dog tag on my inner breast at the end of my anchor scar. Is it too soon to tell whether I will need a revision? What does that entail? Or will it heal on its own? Thank you.

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Breast reduction stitches

Hi.  When I perform a breast reduction, I use a layered closure of stitches that are buried underneath the skin and dissolve on their own.  I like the way this typically heals, and it also means that the patient does not have to have stitches removed.  Your surgeon may have closed your incisions in a similar fashion, so you may want to ask him/her to put your mind at ease.  As far as the "dog ears", you will typically need to wait weeks to months to allow things to heal and settle out before you and your surgeon will decide if anything needs to be done.  Good luck and take care.  Dr. Howell

Winston Salem Plastic Surgeon
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Is it normal to have to wait 6 weeks for stitches to be removed around my areola?

Congratulations on having undergone the breast reduction procedure.  You will find there is no "normal" when it comes to details such as suture removal; in other words, different plastic surgeons will have different practices.  You are correct in that it is too early to evaluate the long-term outcome of the procedure performed and whether revisionary surgery will be necessary/helpful. Generally, "dog ears" tend to settle out with time;  they tend to improve in appearance over the course of the first year. Often, if revision is necessary it can be done under local anesthesia (a relatively minor procedure).

 Your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to accurate assessment, advice, and/or meaningful reassurance. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with long-term.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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