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.
The good thing about suture removal is that your surgeon will be the best to know how long the sutures can stay in. If you leave them in too long, that will for certain be a problematic scar situation where you can see railroad marks or cross hatching markings neither of which is desirable. The ideal scenario is that they be removed exactly when he tells you (they don't necessarily need to be removed by a certain person, if your surgeon approves).
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
How long to wait for suture removal?
Thank you for your question. Not every surgeon uses the same sutures when closing incisions for any surgical procedure, so the best advice would be to check with your surgeon to see if waiting 5 extra days is ok with he or she. Your surgeon would know best as to how long your specific sutures can stay in place before it could potentially cause an issue (like poor scarring). Some sutures when left in too long will cause a 'railroad track/mark' type scar, while others that are absorbable are ok to leave in for long periods of time. Please follow up with your surgeon and follow his or her recommendation.
Most of sutures are internal and dissolvable and do not need to be removed. If you do have a few sutures to be removed these are usually around the belly button.
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
An additional 5 days probably won't make much difference in your ultimate scarring. It would be best however to make sure that you do not wait much longer than the 5 days.
While keeping the stitches in for a longer time may make your scars more visible, it really depends on the surgical techniques and suturing method your surgeon applied, as well as adhering to proper post-surgery instructions on incision hygiene and care.
Leaving them in for longer may not make a big difference, although it could make removal just a little more difficult.
Stitch removal after mommy makeover
If they have been in place for 2 weeks, 5 more days likely won't make a significant difference. Good luck!
Suture removal after makeover
After a mommy makeover (or other surgical procedure) I would recommend getting the sutures removed within the time frame advised by your surgeon. If sutures are removed too early the wound might open up, and if they are removed too late they might become ingrown or leave marks.
Suture removal after mommy makeover
It really depends on the type of stitches used. In some cases, the suture san be left in longer with no problem. In others, leaving stitches in too long can affect the scarring or even cause infection. You should call your surgeon right away and go back to be seen as soon as possible. I never make a patient wait that long to be seen.