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Silicone Gel Sheets

Silicone Gel Sheets

Silicone Gel Sheets for Scar Treatment

Contemporary Design offers scar therapy with custom shaped Silicone Sheets for multiple procedures.

Solutions for Scars of Every Shape and Size

  • Standard Sheet – mid-sized scars
  • Strip – Abdominoplasty, C-section (cesarean), Cardiac procedures
  • C-Strip – Cesarean (C-section)
  • Areopexy – the lollipop configuration used with the Lejour Augmentation Technique
  • Mastopexy – breast reduction, lifts and reconstruction
  • Areola Circles – breast augmentation & reconstruction

Epi-derm® is a soft silicone gel sheet for treating keloid and hypertrophic scars. Silicone sheets are tacky on the back and easy to apply. Epi-derm® silicone gel sheeting is the most effective, proven method of scar management available today.

Your skin needs extra care when recovering from surgical procedures or burn trauma. Often, excessive scarring may be prevented by using a pressure dressing or garment, in conjunction with silicone sheeting to assist in flattening of scars. The pressure garment can be worn up to 24 hours each day. This treatment is most effective after healing of the wound or injury, usually within a month. Give your skin the gentle protection provided by Epi-Derm® silicone gel sheeting for scars.

All Epi-Derm® sheets can be trimmed as needed, providing maximum comfort.

How Does it Work?

Scars need an ideal healing environment, meaning the appropriate balance of moisture and maximum exposure to oxygen. Epi-derm® silicone gel sheets for scars are fully-encapsulating. This means the silicone strips completely cover the scar treatment site, making Epi-derm® an ideal treatment for scars. Although the entire site is covered, Epi-derm® is  gas-permeable, allowing oxygen to enter while maintaining proper moisture levels — the ideal environment for healing scars.

Questions and Answers 

Is it self-adhesive?
Epi-Derm® is self-adhesive.

How long do I use Epi-Derm® for?
Epi-Derm® must be applied for a minimum of 12 hours per day for 8-12 weeks.

How effective is Epi-Derm® on older scars?
Clinical studies have shown the newer the scar, the better the results.  One such study found a success rate of scar reduction up to 85% on scars under 1 year old, and a rate of about 65% for scars over 10 years old.

Will Epi-Derm® completely eliminate my scar?
Probably not, nor will any product.  Ideal scar management results in a minimizing of the height, thickness and/or discoloration of the scar, thus helping flatten, smooth and blend the scar with the surrounding skin, making it far less noticeable.

Are there any complications?
Rarely. However, as with any topical device applied directly to the skin, there is always potential for contact dermatitis (rash). If this occurs, discontinue use of Epi-Derm®.

Is it safe?
Yes. Each product has received U.S. FDA clearance and European C.E. mark and is comprised of safe, non-toxic, non-medicated, semi-occlusive silicone gel.

Can I cut the Epi-Derm® sheet?
Yes, Epi-Derm® scar silicone sheets may be cut into smaller pieces using clean scissors or a knife.  The piece of gel sheeting should fully cover the scar and extend 1/4 inch all the way around the scar border.

Can I use Epi-Derm® in conjunction with other products?
Nothing should be used underneath Epi-Derm® gel sheeting (between the gel sheeting and your scar).

How should I store the unused Epi-Derm®?
Store it in its original packaging at room temperature.

How soon can I start using Epi-Derm®?
Epi-Derm® can be applied after the sutures have been removed, and the scab is no longer present.

Can Epi-Derm® be used on childern?
Yes, it is safe and non-toxic and can be used on children.

Which side should I apply to the scar?
Always apply the sticky side of the silicone sheets to the scar.

Can Epi-Derm® be used on facial scars?
Yes, Epi-Derm® silicone strips work great on facial scars.

How long will gel sheeting last?
Once gel sheeting has been applied to the scar site, it can be used for 1-2 weeks. When it begins to lose its adhesive qualities, or when surface dirt becomes difficult to remove with proper daily washing, it is time to replace the sheet.

Unused product, whether opened, or unopened, will last for years when stored properly.

What are keloids and can Epi-Derm® help prevent them?
Keloids are the aftereffect of an overgrowth of dense fibrous tissue that usually develops after healing of a skin injury. When a scar is formed, connective tissues or fibers are formed at the site to hold the wound closed. Keloids form when the cells continue to multiply after the wound is filled in. Symptoms may include pigmentation of the skin, discomfort, or an itchy or painful sensation.

Scar treatment therapy options include silicone sheets for keloids.

Contemporary Design Inc. Introduces “Breast Health And Wellness – Be Your Best You.”

CDI SC-410 Compression Bra

CDI SC-410 SuperSilky Compression Bra Promotes Breast Health and Wellness

With An Expanded Collection Of Surgical Bras And Recovery Aids, CDI Renews Its Focus On Breast Surgery, Patient Satisfaction And Improvements In Quality of Life. In partnership with our professional clients, Contemporary Design Inc. strives to provide innovative healthcare products and services which enhance patient recovery and everyday wellness. The aim of breast surgery is to improve well-being and quality of life, including women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer.  CDI is here to help. Contemporary Design, Inc. features a variety of garments specifically designed for your procedure’s post operative needs. We offer styles to help stabilize implants and provide both compression and proper positioning for breast augmentation. Sculptures SuperSilky compression bras and Sculptures Female Bra Vest service breast reductions, reconstruction, mastectomies and lumpectomies. Ultra comfortable Surgical Bras are ideal for immediate use following mastopexy, and lumpectomies. Our bras with sleeves offer consistent compression following breast augmentation, brachioplasty, and liposuction of the arms, axilla, and upper back.  An assortment of recovery aids is also available to accelerate the healing.

Mannequin Make-over………..Venezuelan Mannequins Reflect National “Normal”

Eliezer Álvarez’s  mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, where the voluptuous models are the standard

Eliezer Álvarez’s mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, where the voluptuous models are the standard

Venezuela is known for its oil and its beautiful women.  Fueled by Venezuela beauty queens being crowned Miss Universe three times in the late 1970’s and 80’s, the country is obsessed with women’s beauty and inflated proportions.  A culture of increasingly enhanced physiques, cosmetic surgery is common practice through out Venezuela.  Breast augmentation, Butt Enhancements, and Liposuction have all contributed to the Venezuelan National “Normal”.  Yet store fronts and window displays have always used a more traditional mannequin silhouette to display clothing. That was until Eliezer Álvarez’s made voluptuous models the standard in his mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela.  Now his best seller,the augmented forms can be found in store presentations through out the country echoing the Venezuelan physique.

Enhancing your female form?  Cosmetic surgery can allow you to sculpt a body that reflects your desires.  The breasts, abdominals, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks and upper back can all be enhanced by today’s modern procedures.  Designed to address the specific aesthetic or reconstructive procedure, each Contemporary Design Compression Garment is an integral element in the surgical process. To ensure the results of your procedure, each garment is designed to hold skin firmly in place, aiding in proper skin retraction and intended body contouring.  Wearing a compression garment designed for your particular procedure will minimize bruising and swelling, increase blood circulation and aid in flushing fluids and toxins at the incision site.

CDI Above the Knee Body Shaper

Post surgery, the use of a supportive compression garment is an integral element in the healing process.

 

After Jolie’s disclosure, cancer group urges caution

Was7536816Hours after actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society issued a statement Tuesday urging women who might have genetic risk factors for breast cancer to proceed with caution before undergoing surgery.

“While only a small number of breast cancers are linked to known genetic risk factors, women facing such a high risk need to know that, and need to be able to discuss their options with genetic specialists and knowledgeable health professionals so they can have all the information and expertise at their fingertips to do what’s right for them,” said a statement from Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

“This does not mean every woman needs a blood test to determine their genetic risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer,” he said. Even if these genetic risks are confirmed through testing, not every woman should should get the surgery.

“Experts recommend women proceed cautiously, and receive a second opinion before deciding to have this surgery,” he said.

Women should know their cancer family history and discuss it with their primary care physician. If appropriate, they should be referred to genetic specialists to discuss their risk and options, he said.

Insurance plans created before the passage of the Affordable Care Act are not required to cover the costs of genetic counseling, testing and any surgery to reduce the risk of breast cancer. But under the health law, new insurance plans are required to cover counseling and testing for breast cancer risk. They are not required to cover the surgery.

Brawley said the preventive surgery to remove both breasts before cancer is diagnosed can reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as 97 percent. But it does not completely prevent breast cancer because “even a very careful surgeon will leave behind a small amount of breast tissue, which can go on to become cancerous,” he said.

Among the women who could benefit from the surgery are those who have mutations in the BRCA gene associated with a high risk of breast cancer that have been confirmed by testing, a strong family history of breast cancer, a previous breast cancer, and show signs of certain precancerous conditions.

“A woman with a mutation of known significance must consider her quantifiable risk in making the very personal decision to have her breasts and ovaries removed or pursuing other options, such as more extensive screening for breast and ovarian cancer,” Brawley said.

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May 14, 2013 04:21 PM EDT

The Washington Post

Tuesday, May 14, 12:21 PM

Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

Committed to sharing the pertinent information, and  Expert Advice…Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Mark your calendar: Make Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, October 26, 2013

More than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year, thanks in part to the dollars raised by supporters like you. Join us and honor those you love by helping us fund – and finish- the fight against breast cancer.  So mark your calendar, start a team, and raise funds today!

Make Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, October 26, 2013

5k (3.1 miles)

Downtown Bethlehem

Intersection of Spring and Main Street

Family friendly walk

For More Information:

610.921.2329 ext.3022

MakingStridesWalk.org

The Military and Breast Cancer

Poisons in the drinking water at Marine Corp Base, Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina have been found as cause for abnormally high rates of leukemia and birth defects among its residents.  The period of contamination began in the late 1950’s and continued for over thirty years.  Benzene, a carcinogenic gasoline additive, trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) were all found to be present in the camp’s water.  In addition, the military has found unusually high rates of breast cancer among both men and women here, as well.  Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control are preparing a study that will try to determine whether contaminated drinking water at the Marine Corps’ largest base on the East Coast caused dozens of male Marines, sailors and family members to get breast cancer.

“Military people [both men and women] in general, and in some cases very specifically, are at a significantly greater risk for contracting breast cancer,” says Dr. Richard Clapp, a top cancer expert at Boston University. Clapp, who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on military breast cancer issues, says life in the military can mean exposure to a witch’s brew of risk factors directly linked to greater chances of getting breast cancer. *

 A 2009 study, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center found breast cancer rates among military women “significantly higher” — 20% to 40% more likely to get the disease than non military women in the same age groups.

The reason for this…. military service brings with it a number of risk factors associated with the deadly disease. Among them:

— Radio emissions. A slew of studies have linked breast cancer with men and women working as radio operators, electricians, telephone repair people and other jobs involving exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

— Chemicals. Working with volatile organic compound — such as solvents, paints and exhaust.

— Aircrew work. Repeated and prolonged exposure to harmful solar radiation.

 — Toxic bases. Many of the worst Superfund toxic cleanup sites, often linked to all kinds of cancer clusters, are located on current or former military bases…like Camp Lejeune, N.C.

— Shift work. Researchers found those working the swing shift were 40% more likely to face diagnoses. They suspect the suppression of melatonin that comes with sleepless nights may also inhibit the body’s ability to fight off cancer-causing cells.

In recent years, breast cancer has been as brutal on women in the military as combat. While more than 800 women have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan; about the same number have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It is a well-documented fact that one of the highest forms of cancer among our service members and veterans is breast cancer,” says Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, D-Iowa. What’s not clear is why, he says. Since 1993, Congress has funneled more than $2 billion to fund research into breast cancer, including $120 million in 2012. **

While rare, breast cancer can also strike men, but is usually not seen in men under the age of 70.  Camp Lejeune has seen 80 male victims of breast cancer.

Evidence is being studied sighting chemical pollution as a contributing factor to their breast cancer.  The men are easier to study than women.  Their risk of developing breast cancer is not complicated by hormone replacement therapy, breastfeeding, reproduction or menstruation.  Epidemiologists conducting the study hope to be able to find conclusive evidence to support their theory.

Unfortunately, there are probably more bases out there with similar problems.

*,** USA Today Alarming breast cancer rates among troops reported

By Jon R. Anderson, Military TimesShare 12:26PM EST October 2. 2012

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