BACKGROUND: Hematomas are one of the most frequent complications in the immediate postoperative period following rhytidoplasty. In the present study, we aimed to assess the efficacy of using adhesion stitches to prevent the development of hematomas following rhytidoplasty.
METHODS: We performed a retrospective assessment of 2 groups of 88 patients who underwent rhytidoplasty. Adhesion stitches were applied to all patients in group 2, but not to those in group 1.
RESULTS: Five patients (5.7%) in group 1 developed massive hematomas that were treated surgically and 12 patients (13.6%) developed small hematomas that were resolved by local puncture. The patients in group 2 did not develop any hematoma that required surgical evacuation. Five patients (5.68%) developed small hematomas that were resolved by local puncture and 4 patients (4.54%) developed seromas.
CONCLUSIONS: During rhytidoplasty, the bilateral application of 12-15 adhesion stitches in the dissected areas prevented the development of hematomas that required surgical evacuation, thus improving postoperative recovery.
Keywords: Rhytidoplasty/methods. Face/surgery. Hematoma/prevention & control.