Barbed suture technology is becoming increasingly popular in plastic surgery and is now being used in body contouring surgery and facial rejuvenation. We describe the novel application of a barbed suture as a running tie-over dressing for skin grafts. The barbs act as anchors in the skin, so constant tensioning of the suture is not required. The bidirectional nature of the suture prevents any slippage, and the barbs even act as a grip on the underlying wool dressing. Furthermore, the method described is both quick and simple to learn and would be useful for the sole operator.
From the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Galway, Galway, Ireland.
Received for publication January 25, 2014; accepted February 4, 2014.
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Cormac W. Joyce, MB, BCh, MRCSI 27 Rowanbyrn Blackrock County Dublin Ireland E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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