Recommended Suture Removal Times

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Subject: Recommended Suture Removal Times

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Introduction

The following times for suture removal are approximate. Patient factors, such as age, presence of vascular or chronic disease, and nutritional status, influence healing times and suture removal times. 
  • Face: 3 to 5 days

  • Neck: 5 to 7 days

  • Scalp: 7 days

  • Trunk: 10 to 14 days

  • Upper extremity: 10 to 14 days

  • Extensor surface of the hands: 14 days

  • Lower extremity: 14 to 28 days

Consider earlier removal of single sutures that cause extra tension (such as a vertical mattress anchor) within a line of simple sutures to prevent suture marks (“Tram tracks” or “Frankenstein marks”). 
 
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