EXPERT Q&A

Q: Is it true that a common recovery complication in a tummy tuck is the sutures splitting during the healing process?

What our experts say:

Spitting sutures are common, but we find that they are less common among tummy tuck patients and more common among breast augmentation patients. Not truly seen as a complication, spitting sutures are dissolvable sutures that can sometimes break through the surface of the skin “spitting” or “poking” their way out. They can cause slight discomfort or tenderness to the touch but they can be easily removed. If you experience a spitting suture just let your doctor’s office know and they can schedule you to have them removed. A typical appointment for suture removal is no more than 15 minutes.

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