American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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one year ago

curious about sutures

What type of sutures are typically used for a MR, TT. How long do they take to break down . If they don't break down , will your body reject them? If so how long and what is that process like? Is it common for suture rejection? Will they need to be surgically removed ?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: minersville, PA

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Robert Oliver
ASPS Surgeon

traditionally permanent sutures made of nylon or polyester were used for the rectus diastasis (muscle repair) on an abdominoplasty. However, the best current evidence is that permanent sutures aren't necessary and that long acting absorbable sutures (ex. PDS) are the most appropriate choice to avoid some of the late issues of infected sutures, fascial tears and pull throughs that permanent sutures demonstrate sometime years later. We quit using them some time ago as have most hernia and general surgeons when abdominal wall reconstructions are done.

Tanongsak Panyawirunroj
ASPS Int. Surgeon
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For abdominoplasty surgery we devide into part, part1 muscle suture and fascia must use absorbable suture eg. Vicryl and part2 skin suture may use non-absorbable suture eg. Nylon that need to remove approx.7-14 days after surgery up to patient condition.


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