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Is extra skin sticking out from the end of stitches normal?


Hello. I had a birthmark removed on my lower right side of my back. It was kind of large. My stitches are about 8 in wide. Everything is smooth but at the very end I have extra skin hanging out. From the side you can see it raised too. That extra skin also looks like a bubble seeping through the stitch. Is extra skin sticking out at the end of stitches normal?


What you are describing looks like what we call "dog ears" and they result from trying to limit the length of the scar which is a very tempting thing to do especially when excising a benign lesion like the 

Shady Hayek, M.D.

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