Removal of sutures
Posted by dkwinter

Optimal time for suture removal

Location # of days
Eyelids 3
Neck 3-4
Face 5
Chest and upper extremities 7-10
Scalp 7-14
Lower extremities 10-14
High tension (joints, hands) 10-14
Back 10-14


  • Err on the side of leaving stitches in longer for all diabetics and smokers. E.g. a full 14 days for lower extremities.
  • Staples should be removed within the same time frames, however healing is generally more rapid.