A prospective comparison of octyl-2-cyanoacrylate and suture in standardized facial wounds

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2006 Apr;35(4):318-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2005.10.003. Epub 2005 Dec 20.


Regarding the cosmetic results of wound closure using tissue adhesives as opposed to sutured wounds, most published studies are performed on children and with non-standardized lacerations, which makes it difficult to transfer the results to facial incisional wounds in adults. There are also conflicting conclusions about the cosmetic results. The purpose of this randomized prospective study was to compare the cosmetic outcomes of wound closure with sutures and octyl-2-cyanoacrylate in standardized facial wounds in adults. To compare very similar facial wounds, the infraorbital cut (lower eyelid incision) was used in 45 patients. The assessment was performed by patients and surgeons blind to the data. Phase-shifting profilometry was used to measure the profile of the scars. No early complications were observed in any group. The wound depth in the tissue adhesive group was significantly greater than in the suture group. There were no differences in the overall cosmetic results among all patients in the two groups. Interestingly, in the younger patients the result of the sutured wounds was superior to that of the adhesive-treated patients. The Dermabond skin adhesive provides a means of closure of facial surgical wounds without early complications, but adjustment of the edges of the wound and the cosmetic result in younger patients are less successful than with thin sutures.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Cicatrix / prevention & control
  • Cyanoacrylates / therapeutic use*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Facial Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Observer Variation
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prospective Studies
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Suture Techniques*
  • Sutures*
  • Tissue Adhesives / therapeutic use*
  • Wound Healing


  • Cyanoacrylates
  • Tissue Adhesives
  • octyl 2-cyanoacrylate