My surgeon wants to put stitches on the all the incisions when I have my phlebectomy. Is this usual? He says it scars less.
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Sutures for microphlebectomies.
Phlebectomy - fantastic cosmetic results
Occasionally sutures are used after phlebectomy if large veins are removed. This is mainly to prevent bleeding after the patient goes home. For the most part we use steri-strips to close the incisions. Either way, the patients get a very nice cosmetic result.
Sutures or no sutures following microphlebectomy
One way or the other, microphebectomy incisions heal nicely.
I place sutures on my microphlebectomy incisions because my patients come from all over and often live more than 2 hours away from my practice.
My partner does not use sutures.
They all heal the same.
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I have heard that some doctors leave the incisions open, perhaps because they believe in some situations that it is better to allow drainage, for example in liposuction or Cellulaze.
My opinion is that all small incisions heal with a much less visible scar when the skin edges are aligned neatly. It is important that the sutures be removed before 7-10 days to avoid stitch marks. I have never noticed any problem with healing from liposuction or Cellulaze by closing the incisions. I think patients appreciate not leaking for several days, until the incisions close by themselves.
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