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White thread stitches inside lip. How long will it take to dissolve?

After a fall 2 weeks ago in my home, my upper lip needed 5 stitches outside, and 5 inside. The outside ones were removed by dr., but the inside which are supposed to melt, have not. Just inside my lip I have white thread stitches, I don t know how long it s supposed to take. Should I go to my own dr. or dentist . I m 73 years old.
Asked On : Wed, 1 Aug 2012
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On the outer aspect,non absorbable stitches will be placed and they will be removed.
On the inside,absorbable sutures will be placed.
There are many types of absorbable sutures which dissolve in days to months.You did not mention the type of suture material used.
If it is catgut,it dissolves early.
Anyhow,2 weeks have gone.You can consult your doctor and get them removed even though they are melting stiches.
No dentist is needed.
Wish you speedy recovery
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