The unpleasant side effects of facelift plastic surgery, including heavy bruising and swelling, may have met their match in Artiss Fibrin Sealant, which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in facelifts.
“It’s a spray that is sealed underneath the skin, so it eliminates fluid buildup,” says Beverly Hills, CA, facial plastic surgeon, Davis B. Nguyen, MD, who was one of seven plastic surgeons in the United States involved in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials. “It doesn’t replace sutures. That’s a common question. I still do sutures and the surgery the same. What this does is replace the drains so that the skin heals a lot faster and the fluid buildup is reduced.” That reduction of fluid can cut healing time almost in half.
Eliminating the need for drains, which are normally left in the face for 48 hours after surgery and then removed in a follow-up appointment, makes the recovery more comfortable for patients as well. “Fibrin glue is great because it’s not something that’s brand new. It’s been around for a long time for heart surgery and other surgeries. It just has never been officially approved by the FDA for an aesthetic surgery before now,” Dr. Nguyen adds.
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