Can Temporal Artery Ligations Break or Get Loose Later?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in temporal artery ligations. You seem to be the surgeon that comes up repeatedly for this procedure online so I am very interested in learning more.
– is this a common procedure for you? Do people routinely fly in for this?
– what are we looking at as far as scarring? Hairline vs forehead?
– sort of a strange question, may not be relevant but wanted to flag it – once litigated is there any potential that they could rupture, break etc.? I ask because I practice MMA and routinely get choked.
A: In answer to your temporal artery ligation questions:
1) While this is a common procedure in my practice, it is done by only a handful of surgeons around the world.
2) The small ligation sites heal inconspicuously. No one has ever requested or had a scar revision for any ligation site in over 100 patients treated (over 700 ligation sites)
3) Each site is double ligated so getting loose is not a concern. How that relates to MMA fighting and being choked out I can not say since I have never has such a patient before. But it does not seem like a problem given the multi-level ligations done.
Dr. Barry Eppley
World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon