American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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2 years ago

Help! When to remove face stitches on 1 yr old

My 1 yr old daughter had 6 stitches on her forehead on 9/18 at 4pm. Is removing them on 9/24 at 10am too late? The dr said they were dissolvable and if still there after 7 days get them removed. Everything I’m reading says remove sooner (5 days) to avoid scars. It was a large cut with 6 stitches :( We are on vacation So deciding if we fly home early or go to urgent care in Maui for removal?

Procedure: General Reconstruction
Location: sf, CA

Replies 2

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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So you're looking at basically 5 1/2 days to removal on the 24th, which I think is fine. In fact, since the stitches are "dissolvable" some or all of them may "fall out" before you see your doctor.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Maui!

Nelson Castillo

The 9/24 date is fine and should not increase the risk of further scarring. If the correct dissolving suture was used, most of the stitches will have broken or fallen out by then. Hope this helps.


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