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The power of You Tube – Oh My Vlog and Contemporary Design Inc. Get It.

You Tube and its impact on current affairs now has the ultimate mouth piece… Oh My Vlog magazine which launched today. Inside it has everything you need to know about your favorite YouTube vloggers – from Zoella to Tyler Oakley – and their fans.

Oh My Vlog and Contemporary Design understand the power of You Tube. Video and You Tube communicate in the most user friendly way…Excess-able to all, whenever and wherever you need.  Contemporary Design Inc. has now incorporated video as a learning tool for patients anticipating upcoming surgery, and explains the accompanying compression garments they will need.

Therma Therapy – an Answer to Pregnancy and Childbirth Pain

Contemporary Design, Inc. therma therapy is a natural way of dealing with Pregnancy and Childbirth pain.

Contemporary Design, Inc. therma therapy is a natural way of dealing with Pregnancy and Childbirth pain.

Throughout history nurses  and midwifery staff have found therma therapy a natural way of dealing with Pregnancy and Childbirth pain.

Prenatal:

Reduces pain to any tender muscles, neck hips and back (use cool or heated).

Utalizing Cold Gel Packs lowers body temperature and promotes comfort in the warmer months.

Safe, non-toxic, an alternative to analgesia for treating headaches.

Postnatal:

For perineal pain and breast engorgement we recommend Contemporary Design Inc.’s Round Soft-sided gel packs, T-450 or T-460 because they remain flexible when frozen.

Reduces pain and swelling after episiotomy, lessens perineal pain and aids healing, and provides comfort for haemorrhoids

T-460 Oval Hot/Cold Pack – (10.25 in. x 5.25 in.) is perfect for use on the lower abdomen following a cesarean section.

Contemporary Design Inc.’s gel packs are applied in the following way:

The skin must be shielded from direct contact. Twenty to thirty minutes should be the maximum time per area. If it is necessary to reapply, let the skin go to normal temperature or wait twenty minutes.CONTEMPORARY DESIGN, INC. HOT/COLD THERAPY

a)Held on-site by hand, t he soft sided gel pack is the ultimate patient-friendly cold therapy product!  Features one soft-sided surface that shields the skin from direct contact with the frozen pack.

b) Contemporary Design Inc.’s T-400, T-410, or T-430 can be inserting between clothing or inserted into sanitary napkins, giving considerable relief of pain and achieving faster CONTEMPORARY DESIGN, INC. HOT/COLD THERAPYambulation.

The Mommy Headache

Aiden lovingly serenades Momma back to good health….

What else can you do?

At the first sign of a headache or migraine, put your activities on hold and retreat to solitude, a quiet room.

Turn off the lights. Sensitivity to light and sound is amplified with headache or migraine. Relax in a dark, Sleep if you can.

Hot or Cold therapy has long been the number one self-care treatment employed for headaches and migraines. Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Cold packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs  can relax tense muscles.  Here’s one that does both!!

CDI T-450 Blue 7”x6” Hot and Cold Soft Side Therapy Gel Pack…This reusable gel pack can be used for  Hot (microwave/stovetop) or Cold therapy.contemporary design inc. T-450-Blue-7___x6___-Hot-and-Cold-Soft-Side-Therapy-Gel-Pack

Great size for use  after injections or a variety of surgeries. Features one soft-sided surface that shields the skin from direct contact with the frozen pack and radius edges for patient comfort.

There are three benefits that ice pack provided. First, puffy eyes are common among individuals. Skin around our eyes is easy to loosely attached and lack of any sebaceous glands. When you apply cold pack around your eyes, it will help the fluids accumulating in your eyes tissues work well and help you get rid of puffy eyes. Second, when you get sinus and migraine headache pains, ice pack can help you reduce pains and make you feel better as It can low the temperature of your head and help you recover sooner. Third, ice pack can help you heal your injury in the cold. Because cold can constricts blood vessels and thus reduce blood flow and swelling around the injured area. Using ice pack can help limit your tissue damage and help your body recover. But remember remove ice pack after a brief cooling period as your skin is sensitive and don’t used to the cold condition. So when you want a speedy healing process, you should apply ice pack for ten minutes and put it off for ten minutes. Repeat this cycle several times during the day to help decrease further damage.

Pain relief from strawberries?

We have a new item to add to your arsenal of recovery aids – strawberries… listed as one of the top 20 antioxidant sources by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Best bought local and organic. You get the most health benefits from strawberries by eating them raw and straight from the farm. Full of vitamin C and Folic acid, strawberries promote heart health, fight of cancer and inflammatory diseases.
One of the most amazing health benefits – strawberries as a pain killer. Strawberries, like aspirin, block pain receptors in your body. Your new healthy approach…..Next time you have a headache, forget the bottle of pills, reach for a handful of fresh strawberries instead.

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How can patients accelerate healing and obtain better results following breast surgery?

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Surgical Bra: A surgical bra designed for your specific cosmetic procedure is an essential part of ensuring the results you and your Doctor planned.  Each bra provides proper support to the surgical areas for enhanced comfort while it helps the skin conform to your new contours. Further, a surgical bra can help prevent the ‘throbbing” sensation, experienced by some after surgery. The garment may also help reduce tension at incision site, preventing stretching and exaggerated scaring.

T_440COLORSCold & Hot Breast Compress:  Use Reusable CDI hot/cold 6” round gel packs as a pair, for both cold and hot therapy to help in reducing post-operative swelling and bruising. Applying cold therapy immediately following surgical procedures soothes as it numbs the nerves, reducing pain sensation. Cold therapy is found to reduce swelling by constricting the capillary vessels hence slowing blood flow.  Cold helps slow fluid buildup at the incision site, minimizing the risk of hematoma formation.

Later, heat therapy is beneficial in managing post-op bruising by – stimulating tissue and blood flow, breaking down bruising discoloration. Heat therapy comforts recovering skin and muscle tissues, reducing aches and pains. This reusable Cold/Hot Breast Compress provides hours of relief.

arnica montana 12xArnica Montana: Made from herbs grown in the Swiss Alps, Homeopathic Arnica Montana, has been used by doctors for hundreds of years. Using Arnica Montana before and after a surgery, many site reduced patient post-operative bruising and swelling, as well as relief from pain and discomfort.  FDA regulated, this homeopathic medicine is safe and requires no prescription.

circleslBreast Surgery Scar Reduction Silicone Sheets: Shaped for your procedure, made of a soft, breathable, non-invasive, permeable, semi-occlusive Silicone Sheets provide direct beneficial pressure to the scar. These self-adhesive silicone sheets help reduce the scar size, thickness, height, and color of all types of scars.

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.

Return to Wellness Following a C-Section

Returning to Wellness Following a C-Section can be enhanced by the use of a Postpartum Girdle.

Returning to Wellness Following a C-Section can be enhanced by the use of a Postpartum Girdle.

It’s been quite some time since I was in the position to try and improve my body after a C-Section.   With weight gain that was more than a few pounds, I must say finding my pre-baby-body was neither easy nor quick.  I did accomplish the task, well before my daughter reached middle school, but a far cry from the speedy return to perfection today’s celebrities seem to manage.

Returning to Wellness Following a C-Section can be enhanced by the use of a Postpartum Girdle.  Gwen Stefani and Angelina Jolie have both previously admitted to using a Postpartum Girdle.   It won’t cause amazing weight lose, but it does support, and boost confidence.   The compression from a girdle following a c-section offers similar benefits that compression wear offers patients following a tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty.

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SG-802 Epi-Derm Silicone Gel C-Strip – available at http://www.contemporarydesigninc.com

Following a cesarean section, using a girdle or compression bandage isn’t medically necessary but it may offer support, and the feeling of firm muscle control, while you gain strength in your abdomen. If a girdle or bandage makes you feel better, more protected, and secure – then do it,   It won’t hurt to use one, even though it won’t necessarily help you lose weight or firm up.

Another modern miracle brought to us as a post-op recovery aid is Contemporary Design Inc’s SG-802: The Epi-Derm Silicone Gel C-Strip.  These Silicone strips designed for C-section (cesarean) and hysterectomy treatment site are gel strips for scars – shaped to match your incision configuration.

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.  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. Often, excessive scarring may be prevented by using a Postpartum Girdle in conjunction with silicone sheeting to assist in flattening of scars. The Postpartum garment can be worn up to 24 hours each day.  A perfect plan for C-Section Recovery!

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