Post-facelift flap necrosis treatment using charged polystyrene microspheres

Oren Weissman*, Nimrod Farber, Eric Remer, Ariel Tessone, Omer Trivizki, Jonathan Bank, Eyal Winkler, Isaac Zilinsky, Josef Haik

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Background: Flap necrosis following facial rhytidectomy constitutes a vexing and grievous complication to the patient and the surgeon. Treatment modalities that can expedite wound healing and re-epithelialization rates are highly desired. Objectives: To assess wound healing and re-epithelialization rates of open wounds following postrhytidectomy flap necrosis treated with commercially available charged polystyrene microspheres (Polyheal-1, Polyheal Ltd, Israel). Methods: Flap necrosis following rhytidectomy with open wounds in three female patients were treated using dressings soaked with Polyheal-1. Wound closure rates were documented. Results: The wounds demonstrated both accelerated granulation tissue formation and rapid re-epithelialization rates. No complications or side effects were encountered. Conclusions: Charged polystyrene microspheres may offer a new and efficacious way to treat open wounds due to flap necrosis following facial rhytidectomy. Further research with larger patient numbers is still needed to verify these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Charged polystyrene microspheres
  • Face-lift complications
  • Fla necrosis
  • Open wound


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