What is the role of topical adhesives in the surgical repair of complex lip laceration?

Updated: May 03, 2018
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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There have been some reports that topical adhesives (cyanoacrylate) can achieve adequate closure in small lip wounds. [15] Topical adhesives have the benefit of less pain from anesthesia techniques and are often advantageous in patients who tend to keloid; however, there is a higher likelihood of dehiscence compared to sutures. While it might be most tempting to use this technique in children, they are more prone to biting or licking off the glue. [16]


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