To sew the internal incisions of nose, dissolvable stitches are used and for repairing external incisions, normal stitches are applied. The amount of time necessary for the dissolvable suture to break down is not very under control. But normal sutures can be pulled out on the scheduled date and time which is after 7 days. Therefore, the remaining scars will be much more invisible if normal stitches are used of external sutures. For that reason normal stitches are preferred for external incisions.
When will the rhinoplasty stitches be trimmed?
It depends on the technique of surgery, open or closed method. Closed method do not need any suture removal. For the open method, the stitches that are made at the base of the nose are trimmed out after one week. Alar stitches can be trimmed after one week at the same time as the collumelar stitches or a few days later. Internal stitches are dissolvable and do not need to be picked.
Rhinoplasty: The difference between open and closed method
In the closed method all the incisions are made inside the nose. In the open method, the main incision is made at the base of the nose between the two nostrils and then the incisions are extended to the internal parts. Difference between the two methods is the incision at the base of the nose. For reducing the size of ala, either in closed or in open method, an incision needs to be made on the lateral part of the nose. Not many people need alar reduction or making the nasal ala smaller.