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Clinical Study Published Showing Benefits of Glue Used in Facelift Surgery
Date:9/28/2007

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Davis B. Nguyen, M.D. announced today that his and Dr. Frank M. Kamer, M.D.'s co-authored study on the benefits of the use of fibrin glue adherent in facelift surgery has been published in the September issue of world's premier Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, that of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The study represents the most comprehensive clinical assessment of the use of fibrin glue in facelifts to date and its conclusions demonstrate a significant advancement in surgical facelift technique.

The study was conducted at the venerated Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, one of the first accredited outpatient ambulatory surgical centers in greater Los Angeles, founded by Dr. Frank Kamer in 1981. Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Kamer analyzed two hundred patients undergoing elective facelifts in a consistent fashion. One hundred patients over a one year period received fibrin glue during facelift surgery and their healing was measured prospectively. Another one hundred patients from the previous year who had not received fibrin glue had their charts retrospectively reviewed. All patients underwent facelifts by the same surgeon using the deep plane technique, which involves repositioning large skin flaps at multiple levels of the face. Patient healing was evaluated in stages at 24 hours, 48 hours, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months postoperatively.

The use of fibrin glue was associated with several significant benefits in both the short and long-term healing processes of the patients studied. Fibrin glue alleviated the need for drainage tubes postoperatively that can cause discomfort. The tubes are normally placed under the skin for 1-2 days following facelift surgery to collect blood and prevent swelling. The fibrin glue adherent, which is applied before the external skin flap is resealed, also reduced the incidence of severe complications such as hematoma, seroma, and death. Most notably, zero per
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