Can you take stitches out yourself?

In a perfect world, we’d all have access to expert medical care with no inconvenience. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work that way. It’s possible you may need to remove your stitches without consulting a doctor or any other medical professional.

Well, let me start by saying DON’T PANIC! You definitely should not try this if you’re faint of heart; however, if the idea excites and gives you scientific pleasure (or just plain stubbornness), then follow my simple steps for taking stitches out yourself…at your own risk!

The first thing not to do: Keep Calm

Before the ceremony of cutting into one’s flesh like chicken breast and digging around under there starts make sure that you’re calm enough so as not to accidentally detonate something inside when one is twitching from horror before even starting.

If watching Grey’s Anatomy gave us anything it’s that surgery takes cool heads who don’t freak at displays of a bit too much blood than they would normally find in their daily lives (queue elevator music)

A word on anesthesia – Please Don’t Self-Medicate! Stickiness plus painkillers won’t exactly be safe medicine since high levels can mask serious side-effects such as fever or swelling which sucks primarily since self-medicating cold lead poisoning could go from bad move once Mum finds out how hard-headed her progeny really is.

Yes, kids- Mom does know best.

Gather Your Tools

You’ll need some surgical scissors like these Surgical Suture Scissors

Alternatively- Soap scummed tiny clippers will also work fine but for larger sutures bet $20 bucks on some good suture scissors which reduce risks of infective entry.

Always ensure you have cleaned sterile scissors.

Preparing for Surgery

Wash the wound thoroughly before attempting to remove sutures. It may hurt, but it’s imperative to keep bacteria from sneaking into your temporary hold in stitches or opening an already sown-up wound.

If you notice redness, drainage with foul odor or a rapid rate of spread on either side of wounds- STOP AND GO TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY as this could mean and infection is brewing – not just the sorry effects after too much home depot-ing.

There are two types of sutures one might get: subcutaneous (under skin) and surface sutures which sews up more drastic cuts than we like admit about our misadventures with box cutters.

For either type, here’s how to safely do it by yourself:

  1. Wash hands
  2. Clean around the stitch line.
  3. Under gently tugging at skin below cut; snip knot connecting surrounding tissue sans damaging enclosed wire(s).
  4. Once all knots removed use tweezers inserting delicately underneath~ Pull away/outward towards area closest easily accessible middle between threads instead upward (if possible). 
  5. Check new incision’s shape/depth vs old healing over/remove stray bits and pieces fiberglass cast material etcetera now moving those same tweezer controls down across entire affected region finally pick out last tiny remaining any unwanted blast particles still sticking lodged inside crevices.
    6.Afterwards pat dry/open wound then cover with provided dressings before waiting another week until ensuring that regular check-ups have cleared it

Surface Suture Care

Surface sutures take shorter time application plus less invasive leaving ridges along epidermis can be more prone than other method t cell growth visible unsealed seams closing up.

Removal should be done once inside tight contracture where stitches can easily glide within tissue removing without much pressure.

For these, you’re permitted to cut stitch entirely between skin surfaces using sharp scissors or a good hair clipper if suture threads are smaller than expected area of surface left. Immediately apply pressure with dry swabs for absorption until bleeding stop on its own.


Removing stitches is not rocket science! If you’re brave enough and follow the steps mentioned above, chances are high that you will take out those pesky sutures like a pro.

After all, it’s your health at stake here. Don’t hesitate to see your doctor if something goes wrong, even though it was funny for awhile compared socks paired daily from your undergrad years still inside locker room!

Anyways…that’s all folks!
Good Luck Amateurs – make us proud with stitches apart au naturel techniques ready to bore future grandkids about in the years ahead with tall tales beyond compare!

DISCLAIMER: The article above does not recommend self-image reference without consultation from qualified medical practitioners. Following the information shared in this article is solely at one’s risk and consequences thereof will be borne by individual readers themselves rather than products claimed after copy-pasting entire post into search bars leading back onto severely suspect websites only parents browsing incognito tabs know all too well of brovigorating tendencies no doubt.
RIIGHHT….anyway where were we? Ah yes…


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