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Dog ears removed on hips after abdominoplasty. Why is it irritated?

I had dog ears removed on my hips months after abdominoplasty . The doctor used an electric knife and put in stitches that were dissolvable. Then he put a silicone liquid over the stitches and then tape. This was done 5 days ago. The area around the tape became very irritated, red and puffy. I couldn t take it any more and soaked off the tape in the shower. Now I am afraid that I pulled out the stitches although it didn t look like it right after..and did not feel like it. The silicone layer over the stitches is now gone so I put nesporin on and silicone bandages over. Any advice.
Asked On : Wed, 16 May 2012
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Just wetting the tape and pulling it off five days after the surgery is not likely to affect the stitches. You can cover the area with a light gauge after applying neosporin ointment. The stitches may need to be removed after 2-3 days.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Wed, 16 May 2012
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