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Suture removal is required usually 5-10 days after they are placed to close a wound and its best if it’s done in a clean professional setting with sterile instruments. The doctor will examine the wound, assure adequate healing has occurred, and determine if the timing is right for removal. Then a set of clean instruments will be used to cut the sutures and tweezers will pick up the loose ends and pull them out. The wound is then inspected again and either steri-strips are placed over the wound or a simple bandage is used to cover it for a few more days.

Often the wound becomes itchy and a little red around the sutures just before they are removed.