John Cafaro MD

Critically Appraised Topic: In cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face, do nonabsorbable sutures have overall better cosmetic outcomes in comparison to absorbable sutures when rated by both physicians and patients?

Study 1: This was a RCT comparing scar cosmesis between 5-0 polypropylene (PP) sutures and 5-0 fast absorbing plain gut (FG) during layered repair of linear cutaneous surgery wounds. The study design used a split-wound, within person design. Inclusion criteria included: >18 y/o, scheduled for cutaneous surgical procedure with predictive linear closure, and willingness to return for follow-up visits.

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