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Date:2/26/2009

" This study appears in the March 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

By The Numbers:

- According to ASPS statistics, more that 118,000 facelift procedures were performed in 2007, a 14% increase from the previous year.

Sutureless Smiles

A new article describes a unique sutureless skin closure technique for cleft lip repair. The authors, from New York, suggest that this method allows young patients to feed, use pacifiers and bathe immediately, does not require them to be restrained in any way and does not call for continued wound care. Traditionally, surgeons use sutureseither nonabsorbable, which require removal and brief anesthetics, or dissolvable, which may leave some permanent scarring. While it's known that using tissue adhesives for skin closure is a successful method, the authors of this article have developed a novel technique for adhesive application. Suspended sutures are used along the incision line to provide traction, but they are not tied off. Then, after the adhesive is applied but before it is dried, the sutures are removed. This article appears in the March 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

By The Numbers:

- According to ASPS statistics, more that 18,000 cleft lip and palette procedures were performed in 2007.


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