Face-Lifts: Still not all that cool

19Mar08

faceliftThose of you still thinking about having knives dig into your pretty little faces so skin can be raised (supplying you with the perma-surprised expression, or “Botox brow”) may be interested to know Reuters reported a dangerous drug-resistant bacterial infection has been showing up in a small number of patients who undergo face-lifts, according to doctors.

A review of 780 United States face-lift patients from 2001 to 2007 found five (0.6 percent) with infections at incision sites. Four were confirmed as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)—and they all occurred in 2006.

Of the four, two patients appeared to have been exposed to the bacteria before surgery—one who had spent time with her spouse in a cardiac intensive care unit four months earlier, and another who had frequent contact with her brother-in-law, a cardiologist, the report said.As many as 1.5 percent of Americans carry the highly contagious infection and may spread it to others without developing a serious infection themselves. It was blamed for an estimated 19,000 deaths in 2005 in the United States. It has become the most common cause of all infections at surgical incision sites, and about 85 percent of cases happen in hospitals where the infection can kill the weak.

Awesome.



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