Suture Tips

Suture Removal Time Period

  • Face: 5 days
  • Ear: 5 days
  • Neck: 7 days
  • Scalp: 7 days
  • Arm: 10 days
  • Hand: 10 days
  • Leg: 10 days
  • Chest: 10 days
  • Abdomen: 10 days
  • Back: 14 days
  • Foot: 14 days

Sutures in wounds under greater tension may have to be left in place slightly longer. For joint extensor surfaces, add 3 days.

Needle Types

  • Taper Point: This is a standard sewing needle type needle- it just gets bigger as you go along. It dilates the skin rather than cuts it. Best suited for soft tissue and stuff that stretches.
  • Reverse Cutting: Very sharp, and ideal for the skin. This cuts rather than dilates.
  • Conventional Cutting: Very sharp, cuts rather than dilates. However this needle has the cutting surface on the inside of the curve of the needle – so it creates weaknesses that allow the suture to tear out.
  • Taper Cutting: This is mainly used in cardiac or vascular procedures, because it works well on touch or calcified tissues.