Just to catch you all up. Stella went to get her stitches out a week ago. The vet's assistant was there and she took one stitch out and said the rest would dissolve on their own. It looks like they are all gone now, and Stella is doing a comb-over with her beard to cover the bald spot until she can get some new growth going around that corner of her mouth. Of course, she doesn't act differently since she never even seemed to realize she had had a medical procedure.