According to a recent study conducted in the United States and published in the current issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, patients of face-lifts are not exempt from the risk of contracting MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). This study was conducted by Dr Richard Zoumalan and his colleagues at Lennox Hill-Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York.

Highlights fo the study
a. Researchers reviewed data of 780 face lift patients between 2001 and 2007.
b. It was seen that out of 5 patients who had infections at incision sites, 4 were confirmed cases of MRSA.
c. Of the 4, 2 patients were exposed to the bacteria before surgery.
d. All 4 patients were successfully treated with antibiotics.
e. However, researchers did not find any additional cases of MRSA in face-lift surgeries where the skin was pre-treated to kill the bacteria.

Study conclusion
a. Older people and those who have diabetes, smoke, are obese or have a longer postoperative stay at the hospital are at risk.
b. Athletes, military personnel, prison inmates, homosexuals, intravenous drug users, native Americans and Pacific Islanders are also at a greater risk.
c. Doctors can screen patients thoroughly to track down those who may be at risk.
d. During preoperative evaluation, a full medical history should include information on possible prior contacts with persons at high risk for carrying MRSA.