Wow, MY plastic surgeon doesn’t use stitches, he uses a new glue!
Tissue adhesives have been around for years. One of the most commonly used is the Johnson and Johnson product DERMABOND, a polymer that adheres to skin for a week or so during the period of early healing. While DERMABOND is an alternative to superficial stitches, it is not necessarily better than stitches for a variety of reasons. First of all, deep stitches are still required to remove tension from the closure and align skin properly. DERMABOND is quicker to apply than detailed insertion of numerous superficial stitches, so it definitely saves time. If you’re interested in a quicker procedure, this may be an advantage. DERMABOND is more expensive than sutures, but for precision tissue alignment, it is not as good as sutures, which facilitate unsurpassed accuracy. Provided the superficial sutures are quickly absorbed or removed within a week or so of placement, suturing a wound closed is still the GOLD STANDARD for quality.