Must knows about Dissolvable stitches

As well as providing a safe and reliable choice for arranging your cosmetic surgery abroad, we want to help educate patients about the range of procedures available and how everything works in order to ensure you can therefore make informed decisions. Knowledge can help you to understand the process and reduce stress. In types of surgical procedures where implants are used, dissolvable stitches aren’t commonly used but for skin grafts, oral surgery and internal stitches (abdominal surgery or repairing vaginal tearing due to childbirth) dissolvable stitches may be used. So, what are they and how do they work?


Dissolvable stitches

There is a range of stitch types that medical professionals use. Dissolvable stitches are made of ingredients that are absorbed by the body’s tissue over time. These stitches are used by doctors to close a number of surgical incisions without the need for the doctor to remove the stitches at a later time. Instead, they effectively self-dissipate over time. 


How long do disolvable stiches last?

This can take anywhere from a number of days to a number of months. Why does it vary so much? Different factors need to be considered when calculating how long the stitches will remain. 


The first thing to take into account is the type of surgical procedure and where on/in the body this is.

Dissolvable stitches come in different types of material. Some dissolve quicker than others.

Size of the incision and amount of stitches. The larger the area and the more stitches there are usually indicates it will take longer to heal and dissolve.

Everybody is different. Your healing timeframe will differ from the next person. This is the final thing to consider.


What are dissolvable stitches made of?

Dissolvable stitches are sterile and safe for us. They are commonly made up of synthetic polymer materials and natural materials.



Polyglycolic acid


Polylactic acid


Livestock intestines


It isn’t uncommon for the body to reject the stitches. This isn’t a serious issue, it simply means a doctor would have to remove the stitches. Dissolvable stitches may poke out from under the skin before it has completely dissolved. This is not cause for alarm unless the wound has opened, is bleeding or showing signs of infection. If you choose Beautiful You Holidays, we’ll explain everything in detail before you make any decisions and you will then have a medical professional supporting you through your rehabilitation from procedures.


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