Use of Closed-Incision Negative-Pressure Therapy in Aesthetic Surgery

Devinder Singh, Virginia Lobach, Tripp Holton

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BACKGROUND: Recently published studies have demonstrated clinical effectiveness of closed-incision negative-pressure therapy (ciNPT) in many fields of surgery including vascular, cardiac, colorectal, orthopedic, and reconstructive surgery. A review of current literature was conducted to determine whether the application of negative-pressure therapy to closed incisions post aesthetic procedures was beneficial. METHODS: The PubMed/MEDLINE databases were searched for preclinical and clinical studies published through June 2018. Higher quality publications that met the following criteria were included: adult patients undergoing aesthetic or body contouring procedures, comparison of ciNPT with conventional dressings, and documentation of wound complications and/or incision quality. RESULTS: One animal and multiple small, retrospective comparison articles are discussed. Scientific mechanism of action and economic analysis are also discussed. There are no level 1 randomized prospective controlled trials that directly evaluate the effects of ciNPT dressings in cosmetic patients. CONCLUSION: For patients undergoing certain cosmetic procedures, preliminary data support the idea that ciNPT dressings provide aesthetic benefit, but more research is clearly needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11S-14S
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number1 Management of Surgical Incisions Utilizing ClosedIncision N...
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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