Fibrin Glue in Facelift Surgery
Costas Papageorgiou MD, London November 2014
The evolving mindset of patients seeking facial rejuvenation with smaller incisions and shorter recovery has served as an ongoing impetus for innovations and catalyzed the development of minimally invasive facelift techniques. As Dan Baker states “The minimal incision rhytidectomy was developed out of a demand from younger patients who were adamantly opposed to any scarring behind the ears. They objected to the posterior hairline distortion, hypertrophic scars, and hypopigmentation they had often observed in their friends and mothers who had undergone face lifts”.
Fibrin sealants have been playing an increasing role in advancing facelift surgery as they can optimize the ability to adopt short incisional techniques, decrease morbidity and enhance aesthetic outcomes. By augmenting skin repositioning with a layer of biological glue, healing is accelerated and outcomes are maximized.
In an era where patients anticipate the efficacy of a minimally invasive procedure to be comparable with the outcomes of a more invasive technique, modified approaches combined with tissue sealants can play a critical role in adopting a short incision for a wide cohort of patients encountered in clinical practice.