Does steroid medication reduce facial edema following face lift surgery? A prospective, randomized study of 30 consecutive patients

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1996 Jul;98(1):1-6. doi: 10.1097/00006534-199607000-00001.


A prospective, double-blinded study of 30 consecutive face lift patients was conducted to determine if the administration of corticosteroid medication would reduce postoperative facial edema. Half the patients received steroid medications in a random fashion. Three independent plastic surgeons who were blinded to the study rated facial swelling by comparing preoperative and postoperative photographs using a scale of 1 to 4. The data were tabulated and subjected to statistical analysis. There were no significant differences in facial swelling between the steroid-treated group and the untreated patients on any occasion.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Edema / etiology
  • Edema / prevention & control*
  • Glucocorticoids / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate / administration & dosage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control
  • Premedication
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rhytidoplasty / adverse effects*
  • Triamcinolone / administration & dosage*


  • Glucocorticoids
  • Triamcinolone
  • Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate