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Non-Surgical Touch-Up with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Following Facial Reconstructive Surgery

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Independent Researcher, 80136 Naples, Italy
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Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Multidisciplinary Department of Medical-Surgical and Dental Specialities, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 80138 Naples, Italy
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Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Salerno, 84125 Salerno, Italy
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Independent Researcher, 20121 Milan, Italy
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Independent Researcher, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University Federico II, Via Pansini 5, 80100 Naples, Italy
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Independent Researcher, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Academic Editor: Yong-Deok Kim
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(16), 7507; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11167507
Received: 22 July 2021 / Revised: 11 August 2021 / Accepted: 12 August 2021 / Published: 16 August 2021
The use of hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable fillers has become increasingly widespread in facial recontouring and rejuvenation. We report our experiences to emphasize the role of HA fillers as tools beyond aesthetic treatments in cases of post-surgical facial sequelae. HA fillers are generally used for aesthetic rejuvenation, but one potential new horizon could be their application in trauma, reconstructive, and craniofacial surgery. This study was conducted retrospectively, evaluating medical reports of patients treated at the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Naples, for lip incompetence, trauma, oncological, reconstructive, and craniosynostosis surgery sequelae. Visual analog scale (VAS) evaluation was performed to assess patient satisfaction. No major complications (i.e., impending necrosis or visual loss) were reported. Bruising and swelling was reported for 48 h after lip injection. At the immediate VAS evaluation, 67% of the patients were “extremely satisfied” and 33% “satisfied”. In those 33%, VAS scores changed to “extremely satisfied” at 6–9 weeks and 3–6 months of VAS evaluation (contextually to improvement in tissue flexibility, elasticity, and aesthetic appearance). Results indicate that this minimally invasive approach achieves a high level of aesthetic enhancement, improving patient satisfaction. The concept of HA filler applications could be a frontier that may be applicable to other areas of reconstructive facial plastic surgery. View Full-Text
Keywords: facial reconstruction; craniosynostosis; facial trauma; post-surgical facial sequelae; hyaluronic acid filler; facial plastic surgery; craniomaxillofacial surgery; reconstructive surgery; surgical oncology; non-surgical approach facial reconstruction; craniosynostosis; facial trauma; post-surgical facial sequelae; hyaluronic acid filler; facial plastic surgery; craniomaxillofacial surgery; reconstructive surgery; surgical oncology; non-surgical approach
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Chirico, F.; Colella, G.; Cortese, A.; Bove, P.; Fragola, R.; Rugge, L.; Audino, G.; Sgaramella, N.; Tartaro, G. Non-Surgical Touch-Up with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Following Facial Reconstructive Surgery. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 7507. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11167507

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Chirico F, Colella G, Cortese A, Bove P, Fragola R, Rugge L, Audino G, Sgaramella N, Tartaro G. Non-Surgical Touch-Up with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Following Facial Reconstructive Surgery. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(16):7507. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11167507

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Chirico, Fabrizio, Giuseppe Colella, Antonio Cortese, Pierfrancesco Bove, Romolo Fragola, Luigi Rugge, Giovanni Audino, Nicola Sgaramella, and Gianpaolo Tartaro. 2021. "Non-Surgical Touch-Up with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Following Facial Reconstructive Surgery" Applied Sciences 11, no. 16: 7507. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11167507

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