Can I Remove my Dissolvable Stitch?

I gave birth 4 weeks ago. I had a 1st degree tear in the side of my labia. Would it be ok to remove the stitch now. Its really bugging me.

Doctor Answers 4

Don't remove it on your own

Please visit your surgeon or doctor to get this removed. Try not to pull at it to avoid tearing or infection.  

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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You should discuss this with your OBS/Gyne.  They can tell you whether they think it's ok to take any sutures out.


Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Removing sutures after labiaplasty

Suture removal should be timed right in order to prevent dehiscence of the wound.  You would save yourself a lot of trouble if you visited your surgeon and had him evaluate your labiaplasty incision prior to suture removal.  Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Remove my dissolvable stitch

You should be able to remove the dissolvable stitch at this time but I suggest you ask your surgeon first.  It can be painful to remove the stitch as there is often tissue reaction around it. 

Gary J. Alter, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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