I had a mommy makeover 2 weeks ago. I was supposed to get my stitches out (FTT/BA/BL) today, but due to taking too long and waiting 1.5 hours, I had to leave and reschedule the soonest 5 days from today. Should I be concerned? My PS doesn't seem concerned, but I've read some of the docs mention railroad track scarring.
Is It Okay to Wait 3 Weeks Before Stitches Are Removed after Mommy Makeover?
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Mommy Makeover and suture removal
After a Mommy Makeover sutures may or may not need to be removed depending on the type of suture your surgeon used and how the incision was closed. If the suture was run under the surface of the skin (intradermal) and you can't see it, it would be alright to leave it in for three weeks. If the suture is seen on the surface of the skin - like a baseball stitch - it may leave a more prominent scar (railroad track) if left in longer. Check back with your surgeon.
I have very few sutures to remove as I put in mostly dissolving type sutures. There are too many variables in how different surgeons operate to be able to say whether or not a few days period will make a difference in your case. Your surgeon's word is the best thing you will have.
John Di Saia MD
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Suture removal following mommy makeover
Leaving permanent (removable) sutures in place for too long can indeed lead to a less ideal scar, with some degree of the "railroad tracks" that you mentioned. That said, 5 additional days will likely not make a tremendous difference. With my patients, I try to avoid this issue entirely by closing all tummy tuck and cosmetic breast incisions with dissolvable sutures that are beneath the surface of the skin.
OK to leave stitches more than two weeks?
I don't like to leave stitches in place for more than two weeks, but in select cases where the stitches are small and in discrete locations in might be OK. After one week the marks that stitches leave begin to become permanent.
How long to wait for suture removal?
You can trust your doctor if he or she feels they can be left in another week. Your board certified plastic surgeon will have your best result as the goal.
Is it okay to wait 3 weeks before stitches are removed after Mommy Make Over
Leaving them in for longer may not make a big difference, although it could make removal just a little more difficult.
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