Dissolvable Stitches and What You Need to Know!

What are Dissolvable Stitches?

Dissolvable stitches (absorbable sutures) are made of ingredients that absorb readily into the skin and are used to close many types of surgical procedure incisions. These types of stitches are safe and are designed to dissipate on their own, over time.

It is common for our immune system to treat dissolvable stitches as foreign objects that don’t belong, generating an inflammatory response to dissolve, or eradicate, the perceived invasion.

How Long Do Dissolvable Stitches Take to Dissolve?

The timeframe can vary from a few days to (in some cases) a few months. Several factors that can determine the amount of time it takes for dissolvable stitches to break down and disappear include:

  • The patient’s body and it’s unique healing ability
  • The surgical procedure
  • Dissolvable stitches material type
  • The size of the suture used

What To Do if You See a Loose Dissolvable Stitch?

It’s not unusual for a dissolvable stitch to poke out from under the skin before it has completely dissolved. Unless the wound has opened, it is bleeding, or shows signs of infection (as per below), this is not cause for alarm.

Signs of infection may include:

  • Warm to touch
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Oozing of pus
  • Fever
  • Pain

It is very important not to remove a dissolvable stitch on your own, if you have any concerns about a dissolvable stitch, email your CosMediTour Client Manager a photo for our review and guidance. We may also suggest you visit your GP who can safely remove or trim the loose dissolvable stitch, but in some cases it will heal on its own with time.

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Read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) here

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Written by Kirsten Beck

PR Coordinator at CosMediTour | CosMediTour is a Medical Tourism Company based on the Gold Coast, Australia, promoting plastic surgery and dental treatments to Thailand & Australia.

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