Tissue Glue Shows Promise For Use In Cosmetic Surgery

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (May 13, 2000) — Fibrin Sealant, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved "tissue glue," shows promise for use in facial aesthetic surgery, according to a report presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in Lake Buena Vista. Made from a combination of human and bovine tissue extracts, and processed for safety, fibrin Sealant acts like a glue to close incisions and hold elevated tissues of the forehead, face and neck in the optimal position for healing. "Tissue glue duplicates the body's normal healing process in an accelerated way," says plastic surgeon Peter Fodor, MD, co-presenter of a clinical study of 25 patients treated with tissue glue during facial aesthetic surgery. "The glue is particularly useful for sealing tissues that have been surgically lifted, such as in a forehead or a facelift, because it sprays on and provides even fixation over the entire surface. This creates a more natural lift than the isolated pulling effect achieved by placing one or two sutures."

According to researchers, about 70 percent of the ultimate strength of the sealing effect is achieved in the first ten minutes, and full strength occurs within two hours. Within ten days, the tissue glue is completely absorbed by the body.

Other benefits of tissue glue include the possibility of reduced swelling with faster recovery, and a reportedly high level of patient satisfaction. Tissue glue may add up to $300 to the cost of the surgical procedure. Some of this additional cost, says Dr. Fodor, is offset by the elimination of surgical drains and bandages. Fibrin Sealant, like all medical substances, devices or techniques, must be evaluated for long-term benefit to patients. Co-authors: Doctors Peter Bela Fodor and Nicanor G. Isse of Los Angeles, CA.

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