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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2011 August;146(4):257-64

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Optimal suturing techniques for superior results: hints from a plastic surgeon and a dermatologic surgeon

Beer K. 1, Pietrangelo J. 2, Kapp D. 3

1 Dermatology Esthetic, Surgical and General Dermatology, West Palm Beach, FL, USA; 2 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA; 3 Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Center, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


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Suturing the skin together has been a part of medicine for hundreds of years. Over the centuries, the materials used and techniques utilized have evolved. Presently, there are more than 100 materials that are used for suturing and the needles to place these materials are even more varied. Methods of placing sutures in the skin also vary and run the gamut from simple, running sutures to intricate mattress sutures. Each material and method has its place. This review will present a brief overview of the materials and methods used for suturing.

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