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.
Stitches on Face?
Doctor Answers 5
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.
Stitches on Face?
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
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.
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Stitches on face
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.
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