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Does Steroid Medication Reduce Facial Edema Following Face Lift Surgery? A Prospective, Randomized Study of 30 Consecutive Patients

Owsley, John Q. M.D.; Weibel, Timothy J. M.D.; Adams, William A. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: July 1996 - Volume 98 - Issue 1 - p 1–6
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A prospective, double-blinded study of 30 consecutive face lift patients was conducted to determine if the administration of corticosteroid medication would reduce postoperative facial edema. Half the patients received steroid medications in a random fashion. Three independent plastic surgeons who were blinded to the study rated facial swelling by comparing preoperative and postoperative photographs using a scale of 1 to 4. The data were tabulated and subjected to statistical analysis. There were no significant differences in facial swelling between the steroid-treated group and the untreated patients on any occasion.

San Francisco, Calif.

From the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. Received for publication April 7, 1995; revised June 26, 1995.

Presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in San Francisco, California, in March of 1995.

John Q. Owsley, M.D.

Davies Medical Center 45 Castro Street, Suite 111 San Francisco, Calif. 94114

©1996American Society of Plastic Surgeons