Simple interrupted sutures and running subcuticular sutures resulted in similar cosmetic outcomes at 12 months, according to recent findings.
The researchers compared cosmetic results and complications for the two techniques in a cohort of 142 patients. There were 73 patients in the simple interrupted suture group and 69 patients in the running subcuticular suture group. The study included one independent observer who was blinded to treatment assignment.
The primary endpoint of the randomized, controlled, multicenter trial was the overall opinion score as assessed by the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale. Complication rates and scores according to other evaluation methods for cosmetic outcome served as secondary outcomes.
Twelve-month results from the patient perspective in both groups indicated a median score of the overall opinion of the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale was 2 (range 1-8). The observer score was 3 (range 1-8) for both groups.
Hyper- or hypoesthesia occurred more frequently in the running subcuticular suture group.
“[Simple interrupted sutures] and [running subcuticular sutures] in facial surgery resulted in comparable cosmetic outcomes,” the researchers concluded. – by Rob Volansky
Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.