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Surgical Technique
Mar/Apr 2009

A Novel Bioabsorbable Device for Facial Suspension and Rejuvenation

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (Dr Knott); Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California (Drs Newman and Apfelberg); and Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Medical Center (Drs Knott and Keller).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009;11(2):129-135. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2008.519

To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel bioabsorbable suspension device made of a polymer of polylactic acid and polyglycolic acid (Endotine Ribbon), we performed a retrospective multi-institutional case study of 21 patients who underwent minimally invasive or open rhytidectomy with the use of the device in an ambulatory surgery center setting. Twelve patients had an excellent result, 7 a good result, and 2 a fair result. Early complications were corrected with technical modifications. Patient satisfaction was high. The Ribbon is a safe and effective adjunct for performing both minimally invasive and open rhytidectomy and cervical lifting.