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    Barbed polydioxanone (PDO) sutures allowing for minimally invasive skin lifting are broadly and increasingly used in aesthetic dermatology. To describe utilization of diverse barbed PDO sutures for aesthetic facial corrections in Caucasian patients, to evaluate long-term safety and to demonstrate effectiveness in skin tightening, redefinition of facial contours, and tissue elevation. A retrospective chart review of patients routinely treated with barbed PDO sutures on face was performed. Aesthetic improvement was evaluated at 6-, 12- and 24-week posttreatment by the treating physician, patients, and an independent photographic reviewer. Patient's satisfaction with treatment outcome was evaluated. Procedure effects were also objectively measured by markerless tracking analysis. Sixty patients were treated with a total of 388 barbed sutures in various anatomical areas and followed-up for 24 weeks. At Week 24, the aesthetic improvement rate was 80% to 100% (depending on the evaluator), skin movements related to pre-treatment photographs showed significant changes across several different anatomical regions, and 97% of patients were satisfied with the overall treatment outcome. Transient, mild, and short-lasting adverse events, mostly pain and hematoma, occurred in 15% of patients. Barbed PDO sutures are safe and highly effective for aesthetic corrections, with results lasting for at least 24 weeks. © 2021 The Aesthetic Society. Reprints and permission:


    Lukasz Preibisz, Florence Boulmé, Z Paul Lorenc. Barbed Polydioxanone Sutures for Face Recontouring: Six-Month Safety and Effectiveness Data Supported by Objective Markerless Tracking Analysis. Aesthetic surgery journal. 2022 Jan 01;42(1):NP41-NP54

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