Absorbable screws in endoscope-assisted forehead lifting

Aesthetic Plast Surg. Jan-Feb 2003;27(1):63-7. doi: 10.1007/s00266-002-0073-7. Epub 2003 Apr 14.

Abstract

Many methods have been used to make the soft tissue fixation in endoscope-assisted forehead lifting (EAFL). Since we started doing EAFL, we have employed the fixation with stainless screws and absorbable screws. After noticing that the temporary fixation with metallic screws had some negative effects, we changed to temporary fixation by bioabsorbable (polylactic acid copolymer) screws. The purpose of this study is to transmit our experience and to comment on some points that we believe will improve this method. Our study includes the endoscopic surgeries we have performed over the last four years. Ninety-nine patients were operated on. In 61 of them, absorbable screws were used. We have had very good results using these screws without important complications. We think that they offer a great improvement to endoscopic facial surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Blepharoptosis / surgery*
  • Forehead / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Surgery, Plastic / instrumentation
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods*
  • Surgical Instruments*