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Editor's Correspondence
Nov/Dec 15, 2010

Editor's CorrespondenceCOMMENTS AND OPINIONS

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Medical Affairs (Drs Emilson and Wong) and Research and Development (Ms Johansson), Q-Med AB, Uppsala, Sweden .

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(6):433-434. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2010.76

Brandt et al1 reported on reuse of Restylane (Q-Med AB, Uppsala, Sweden; distributed by Medicis Aesthetics Canada, Toronto, Ontario), based on absence of bacterial growth in unused gel left in previously opened syringes recapped with new needles in the office. In the article, the authors referred to other studies on reuse of Restylane syringes as support for their suggestion.2,3 However, they have omitted previously published concerns raised against reuse of Restylane.4 Reuse of Restylane also contradicts the manufacturer's recommendation to discard any unused Restylane because the integrity of the sterile barrier can no longer be guaranteed.

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