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Can i request dissolvable stitches to suture a neck lift? I am so worried about stitches being removed after a neck lift. Can i request that they use dissolvable ones? .

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Dr. Karen Vaniver
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: While

While dissolvable sutures may be used to close the skin after a neck lift, it is important to remember that they are dissolved via the process of inflammation, which can result in increased scarring and pigmentation.
Polypropylene sutures slide very easily during removal and cause minimal reaction. If you really insist on dissolvable sutures, fine catgut, or fast-absorbing chromic sutures would be best.

In brief: While

While dissolvable sutures may be used to close the skin after a neck lift, it is important to remember that they are dissolved via the process of inflammation, which can result in increased scarring and pigmentation.
Polypropylene sutures slide very easily during removal and cause minimal reaction. If you really insist on dissolvable sutures, fine catgut, or fast-absorbing chromic sutures would be best.
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Dr. Randolph Wong
Surgery - Plastics

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We commonly use a combination of absorbable and non-absorbable sutures in our procedures.
There are specific advantages to using each for strategic support, length of tensile strength, and their impact on your scar. You certainly are entitled to request dissolvable sutures, but be sure to ask your surgeon about the pros and cons of this choice.

In brief: We

We commonly use a combination of absorbable and non-absorbable sutures in our procedures.
There are specific advantages to using each for strategic support, length of tensile strength, and their impact on your scar. You certainly are entitled to request dissolvable sutures, but be sure to ask your surgeon about the pros and cons of this choice.
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Dr. Thomas Lamperti
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Suture

Suture removal after neck lift surgery is normally a well tolerated.
You should talk with your surgeon to see what type of sutures are used. Some surgeons will use dissolveable sutures for some parts of the neck lift incision closure.

In brief: Suture

Suture removal after neck lift surgery is normally a well tolerated.
You should talk with your surgeon to see what type of sutures are used. Some surgeons will use dissolveable sutures for some parts of the neck lift incision closure.
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Dr. Daniel Downey
Surgery - Plastics

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Hello, of course you can.
However, be sure that your doctor helps you weigh the advantages (no stitch removal) against the drawbacks (greater inflammation from all that absorbable suture material left in, or premature fatigue of the softer absorbing stitches leading to separation of the incision) dan downey md facs.

In brief: Hello, Of

Hello, of course you can.
However, be sure that your doctor helps you weigh the advantages (no stitch removal) against the drawbacks (greater inflammation from all that absorbable suture material left in, or premature fatigue of the softer absorbing stitches leading to separation of the incision) dan downey md facs.
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Dr. Leonard Grossman
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: You

You can certainly request any sutures you like as long as your ps feels comfortable using them. Good luck from nyc.
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In brief: You

You can certainly request any sutures you like as long as your ps feels comfortable using them. Good luck from nyc.
For more info visit www.Drgrossman.Com.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

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You can request these sutures but you may compromise the quality of the scar. Dissolvable stitches don't simply disappear, they require an inflammatory reaction secondary to enzyme digestion or hydrolysis.
In either event scarring may result ("train track" suture marks) if the sutures take too long to get absorbed or the wounds may open if the sutures are absorbed too quickly. Removable sutures generally cause less tissue reaction and the timing for removal can be adjusted accordingly but with less tendency for suture marks.

In brief: You

You can request these sutures but you may compromise the quality of the scar. Dissolvable stitches don't simply disappear, they require an inflammatory reaction secondary to enzyme digestion or hydrolysis.
In either event scarring may result ("train track" suture marks) if the sutures take too long to get absorbed or the wounds may open if the sutures are absorbed too quickly. Removable sutures generally cause less tissue reaction and the timing for removal can be adjusted accordingly but with less tendency for suture marks.
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