Droopy eyelid surgery; 11 day stitches?
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Day 11 is late and it is not ideal to rely on stitches to dissolve on their own.
Neither approach is ideal. Sutures should be removed at 5 to 7 days after surgery. If a laser was used to make the incision, then the stitches need to be left in about 5 to 7 days longer-a good reason not to use a laser in my opinion. Yes there are sutures that breakdown on their own. However, they do not reliably do so and for that reason, even these need to be removed by the surgeon. Ideally you would have the ptosis surgery and blepharoplasty done together. The only reason it is getting unbundled is that insurance companies do not pay doctors for both procedures at the same time. If you were self-paying for surgery, the ptosis and the blepharoplasty would be done together.
Upper eyelid surgery for decreased visual fields
Sutures were upper eyelid surgery
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Suture Removal Time Frame
I understand your confusion. Typically when a patient has general stitches put in, such as in a cut on an arm, 7-10 days post status is standard.
However, we schedule our patients to come in for removal of upper lid bleph sutures on or about 14 days after surgery. Sometimes, only dissolvable sutures are used. If this is the case, you will not need removal. Both dissolvable and removable (black or blue) sutures can be used, in which case you will have removal of the black / blue sutures. Rest assured, your surgical outcome will benefit either way. You will most likely know if you need removal after the surgery, though.
I hope this information helps!
When do you remove sutures after eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery - different techniques
Specifically with regard to this patient's issues there are several different suture techniques, most of which I have tried extensively. My preferable technique is to use a combination of short-term and longer-term sutures. Interrupted sutures typically should come out in 5 to 7 days in the face, and longer in other body areas. Deeper subsurface stitches can stay longer and it is possible to use sutures which do not have to be removed. I choose to use both suture techniques which give me the advantages of both with fewer disadvantages.
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