How to take out your own stitches?

Let’s face it, stitches are a pain in the butt. They itch, they hurt and worst of all, they make you look like Frankenstein’s monster. But don’t worry, friends! You can take those pesky stitches out yourself with just a few simple steps. No need to wait for that appointment with the doctor – follow this guide and say goodbye to your Frankenstein-lookalike days.

Step 1: Get Prepared

Before even thinking about removing your own stitches (please be sure it is safe if you’re not sure consult with medical professionals), you need to prepare. You’ll want to start off by washing your hands thoroughly for around 20 seconds (or until singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice). Also clean area surrounding the wound while doing so.

To-do List
Wash hands thoroughly before beginning
Gather materials needed; these include scissors or tweezers depending on what was used whilst stitching up.
Have some cotton balls or tissue paper handy as well.

Step 2: Locate The Stitch Line

Now that you have prepared yourself, it’s time to locate the stitch line – this will be a little difficult if there are no visible signs of where exactly the stitches were made (hint: check under artificial light source as small opening may appear more clearer).

Hunt down any remaining sutures using needle nose pliers and /or magnifying glass,1 but please do not use household vacuums or snake bite kits – we only recommend medical tools!

Get ready cuz its new step coming right up:

Step Number Three:

Start Cutting (The Fun Part!)
Get into position; sit somewhere comfortable surrounded by pillows which cradle forearm across lap leading me onto my next point, pick up pair of sterilized scissors or clippers1 (either is fine as long as they have delicate tips) and snip stitch. You should be aiming to clip the knot in middle of the suture – please be extremely careful, do not hurry whilst doing this process. If you cannot reach that center knot, clip both ends instead.

Step 4: Remove The Stitch

Now comes a sensitive moment – don’t worry, you got this! Grasp hold of exposed thread somewhere near cut end using sterilized tweezers or pliers.2 Gently and slowly pull the medical string outwards whilst holding tightly onto skin around it so your patient experiences minimum discomfort (ideally None!) . Rotate instrument at slight angle if resistance encountered for ease-of-use3. Repeat this action with all remaining staples until wound completely free.

Remember to grip close towards exit point for each individual suture
In case you feel a huge amount of pain or bleeding continues consult with doctor immediately

Step number 5:

The area treated can often become more prone to infection than others on your body; meaning it’s crucial we take care when wrapping up our DIY surgery experience – So once all sutures are removed clean fully having also cleaned surrounding areas beforehand 1.

Incase bleeding occurs again cover opening with cotton gauze instead: Apply lightly rinsed hydrogen peroxide before wrapping bandage round finger tightly enough prevent dirt/moisture getting inside but loose enough permit adequate circulation checks no blood blockages happening – remember ensuring total coverage remains key here!

You’re done and dusted now relax knowing those stitches won’t get in way anymore by following these simple steps. But most importantly enjoy being able to wear shoes which were previously problematic because bulky dressings prevented socks from slipping over injured toes haha.


  1. Do not assume amateur practices without taking aid from authorized personnel in their field. 

  2. Ensure of a good grip before pulling string outwards outward, so as not to cause discomfort by tugging or hurting the patient 

  3. Always try at an angle because sometimes it works better instead of doing it from one side. 

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