Stitches (also called sutures) are used to close cuts and wounds in skin. They can be used in nearly every part of the body, internally and externally. Doctors literally "sew" the skin together with individual sutures and tie a secure knot. Stitches then allow the skin to heal naturally when it otherwise may not come together. The ideal time for removal of stitches depends upon both the location of the laceration and how much stress is placed on the laceration. Removal of stitches treatment leaves scars which continue to mature with time. For the first three months, there will be a raised, red healing ridge at the laceration site. Over the next two to three months, the ridge will flatten and then will start to weather and lighten. It may take six to eight months or longer before the final result of the laceration repair to take place. The stitches are removed by a general physician at the clinic at the most appropriate time of healing of the wound. You may need to return in 3 to 5 days if the stitches are on your face. Stitches on your scalp need to be removed after 7 to 14 days. Removing sutures over joints may take up to 14 days. In case the sutures open before its time, one needs to get in touch with the doctor immediately who would redo the process for optimum healing and maximum results. Many scars that are caused after the removal of stitches remain for life.