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Barbed sutures have been an option for people unwilling to undergo surgery for facial reconstruction. This procedure has been available in the US market for 2 years now. However, due to lack of adequate data, it is not very popular. Some physicians are also of the opinion that this procedure leads to more problems than benefits. Now the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) will convene to discuss barbed sutures. The convention will be held at the Society's Annual Meeting in New York City from April 19-24, 2007.

Procedure Highlights
a. These are thin polypropylene threads with "barbs".
b. It is implanted under the skin through small openings.
c. It is used in lifting up sagging features.
d. It is an alternative for traditional procedures like surgery.

Disadvantages
a. It could lead to scarring, indentations, bunching, dimpling, broken or lapsed threads and facial asymmetry.