Here you can find a list of the frequently asked questions we receive about Serdev® related products.
Q: Are Serdev Sutures® Lifts similar to 'thread' lifts?
A: No! The confusion comes from the fact that the word “suture” means both thread and act of sticking tissues together. “Sutures” in this case comes from the latin Sutura, which means to bring one tissue closer to another. Threads in “thread” lifts are placed in the subdermal fat, where no stable fixation is possible! On the contrary – Serdev Suture® Lifts capture mobile fascias (such as SMAS), lift them and fix them to immobile tissues (such as periosteum), thus ensuring stable and durable fixation. This achieves the lifting (or volumizing, or position correction, depending on the procedure).
Q: How long does it take for the threads to be fully absorbed?
A: The surgical sutures are absorbed after the final fibrosis formation. Depending on the thickness and presence of knots, the full absorption is completed in 2-3 years time.
Q: Are the threads sterile? If not - how do I sterilize them?
A: Yes, the surgical sutures come to you sterilized. Autoclave, as well as any other kind of re-sterilization is possible. However, do not use autoclave more than 3 times! In our practice we use gas sterilization, as well as sterilization in a box with Paraformaldehyde tablets. Also, make sure to keep the package safe from any contamination, including blood.
Q: How does the anti-microbial agent of the threads affect patients?
A: The anti-microbial effect has a broad action range. The surgical sutures have been used for more than 20 years in all surgical specialties, without any side effects and allergic reactions.
Q: Why is semi-elasticity of the threads a benefit?
A: Rigid, non-elastic threads act like scalpels and can cut through tissues. Our sutures have a short elasticity that protects the tissues from such trauma and allow for a natural movement, without cutting.
Q: How do I choose between 10 meter packs and Single Use Sets of surgical sutures?
A: Well, it depends on your needs. If you frequently perform procedures requiring a certain USP, it is better to get a 10 meter pack (for example, up to 20 face procedures can be done with a single pack). But in case you are to operate an area that you rarely do, a single use set might be the wiser choice
Q: Are these threads used solely in Serdev Sutures® Lifts?
A: Our surgical sutures have been used for more than 20 years in all fields of surgery, without complications and allergic reactions. They are doing such a great job in cosmetic surgery, due to their qualities and characteristics – semi-elasticity and long-term absorption.
Q: Why is the needle curve elastic?
A: The elasticity of the needle curve assures that, regardless of the applied pressure, it will not break while inside the tissues. The retained structural memory returns the curve to its original position and ensures the longevity of the Serdev® Needle.
Q: Can I use one Serdev® Needle for all Serdev Sutures® Lifts?
A: Most needles can be used for more than one procedure (and areas). For example, Medium 140 Serdev® Needle can be used for mid-face, breast, abdomen lifts. However, for proper control and ease of manipulation, it is important to select a suitable needle length for the specific area (short face lift needles should not be used for buttock lift and vice versa).
Q: Why are the needles semi-blunt instead of sharp?
A: Because of two reasons. The first is protection of patient and surgeon from undesired trauma. It has been found that blunt needles cause minimal trauma. The second is to avoid capturing dermis and thus prevent from dimpling.
Q: What do I need to start practicing? Which needles and sutures are best for beginners?
A: We offer a Basic Set of instruments (4 Serdev® Needles and 4 packs of surgical sutures), which covers the most common procedures in cosmetic surgery. However, combining instruments with a course in Serdev Sutures® Lifts will provide you with better theoretical and practical knowledge to start practicing.
Q: Are these needles only used in Serdev Sutures® methods in cosmetic surgery?
A: No. Serdev® Needles are used in cosmetic, plastic reconstructive surgery and any surgical field where distant areas have to be reached with minimal trauma.