Journal Article

Incorporating Barbed Sutures in Abdominoplasty

Alan Matarasso, Karol A. Gutowski and Jeremy P. Warner

in Aesthetic Surgery Journal

Published on behalf of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Volume 33, issue 3_Supplement, pages 76S-81S
Published in print September 2013 | ISSN: 1090-820X
Published online September 2013 | e-ISSN: 1527-330X | DOI:
Incorporating Barbed Sutures in Abdominoplasty

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Barbed sutures can be used in body contouring procedures to close long incisions better than conventional sutures. The results of a literature review focusing on the use of barbed sutures in abdominal contouring procedures suggest that they are safe and effective in wound closure with complication rates similar to conventional sutures but with possibly faster incision-closure times. An update on one author's (K.A.G.) personal experience with barbed progressive tension sutures in abdominoplasty procedures is presented, along with practical technique recommendations for barbed suture use.

Keywords: abdominoplasty; tummy tuck; drains; suture; progressive tension sutures; body lift; barbed sutures; seroma

Journal Article.  3103 words.  Illustrated.

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