How Long Does It Take for Rhinoplasty Stitches to Dissolve?

How long does it take dissolving stitches to dissolve? It's been almost 3 weeks since my surgery and they are still there.

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Sutures after rhinoplasty

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How long sutures persist depends on the type of the suture, the thickness and where they are placed.

First, ask your surgeon what type of sutures were used and when they will dissovle. Usually, mositure helps them dissolve faster.

Sutures placed deep in tissues are not visible and dissolve in 3-6 months (monocryl, PDS). Some of the faster dissolving sutures like chromic, fast gut or plain gut should go away in 2 weeks.


Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon

Suture duration after rhinoplasty

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It depends on the suture type and thickness.

Obviously, some sutures are permanent. The ones that are actually absorbable have an "average" life span.

Vicryl, Chromic, Monocryl, PDS, Plain gut, Fast absorbing gut are some of the dissolvable sutures used in rhinoplasty. Most should be gone by 6 months especially in a moist area.

You can find out from your doctor what kind of suture he/she used and what size and that can give you more information.

Ask him or her and you should be able to get a straight answer.

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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