Stitches on Face?

Hi, I had a bicycle accident 4 days ago and needed four stitches on my upper forehead and chin. The doctor at the hospital said to get the dressings changed a few times at any clinic and return to the hospital or any suitable clinic in 5 days to have them removed. I ended up damaging a ligament in my index finger from the fall and the orthopedic specialist I met advised me it would be a minimum of ten days to remove the stitches. Who should I believe? I'm worried about scarring.

Doctor Answers 5

Suture Removal

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Suture removal times vary amongst different locations and different types of suture used.  Generally sutures on the face are left in place for only 5-7 days (give or take) while sutures on the body are left in for a longer period of time.  Please consult with your specialists / surgeons who placed the sutures.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Stitches on Face?

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Facial stitches are usually removed at 5-7 days. However, every injury and every surgeon are different. If you can make an appointment with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist in your area they can assess your facial injury and determine how best to proceed. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Weber Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial stitches and when to remove them

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I perform Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery on skin cancer patients and I remove my stitches in 5-7 days.  Every surgeon has a different opinion but I would go with the one who put your stitches in. 

Omar Ibrahimi, MD, PhD
Stamford Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Stitches on face

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Generally, stitches on the face are left in for 5-7 days, but this can vary with the type of suture used and the wound.  Stitches on the body are generally left in for a longer period of time.  I would follow the advice of the doctor who put your facial sutures in and have them removed in 5 days.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Suture removal and scar revision in Los Angeles

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Suture removal is different on different types of wounds.  I would focus on the advice of the treating surgeon and then refocus on maximizing the quality of the scar with laser thereafter. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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