The nurse at my PS office told me to remove my gauze and steri-strips myself after 7 days from my crease incision. I removed it all but after talking to a few other girls who have also got it done, I am nervous that this advice was wrong. While I know a professional's advice is much more valuable than a Google search or word of mouth, there are a number of things have made me lose confidence in my PS's office and I no longer trust them and do not know who else to turn to.
Removing Steri-strips after BA? Did I get bad advice? (photos)
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Steri Strip Removal
Thanks for your question, but it's okay. Every Plastic Surgeon has their own set of post operative instructions, so you need to check with him or her on this. But, from your picture, you look fine and did not damage anything from removing them a day early. I think what see is a suture. No worries. Talk with your surgeon.
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Removing Steri-strips after BA? Did I get bad advice?
Steri Strip Removal
Some Plastic Surgeons place no strips at all, others keep them on for longer than you have. Everyone has their own preferred protocol based on their experience and preference. I recommend that you follow your plastic Surgeon's advice and report any changes or issues with healing.
All the best
Don't compare experiences
This will have no bearing on the result of your surgery
Dressing removal at 7 days
Most of my patients return to the nurse to have their dressing and steri-strips removed at about 7 days. However where this is difficult or not possible I advise them to remove the dressing and steri-strip themselves or just wait until it falls off on its own.I think the advice your PS office nurse gave you is fine. If you then have concerns about the wound you should return to your PS for further advice.Good luck and best wishes.
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Dean Vistnes, MD.Vistnes Plastic SurgerySan Francisco Bay Area
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