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Wait – Is This Inside Out??? What’s So Special About Surgical Compression Wear Anyway!?!

Compression Wear is designed for Postoperative needs

Compression Wear is designed for Postoperative needs: –with outside seams,
exterior labels, and hook & eye beneath zippers for easy application

Why are compression garments important to the success of my surgery?

These garments are designed to protect what is inside!

-No scratchy tags inside to irritate the already sensitive skin.

-No indents visible on the skin from the impression of an inside seam.

-No undue stress to the incision site while zipping into the garment.

Wearing a high quality post-op compression garment can help you during the recovery process in the following ways: To provide uniform radial compression and support to aid recovery. Wearing a compression garment designed for your particular procedure will minimize bruising and swelling (edema), increase blood circulation in the affected area and aid in flushing fluids and toxins at the incision site. The compression from the garment will hold skin firmly in place, aiding in proper skin retraction and intended body contouring. In addition, outside seams on the garment, will prevent the garment seams from leaving indentations on the skin. Improve your comfort during healing process- A proper fit and lightweight, breathable material will make you more comfortable when wearing the garment for extended periods of time …this aids compliance and speeds recovery.

Why can’t I wear active wear, traditional foundations or shapewear?

It is essential that the compression garment worn during the recovery period provides uniform radial compression, something that is not found in a standard girdle or shaper. Shapers, tights, girdles and jog bras also do not have inside flat seams, tags on the outside of the garment – away from the skin, an open crotch, and are not intended for around the clock, 24-hour use. You need a garment that is non m-marking, specifically designed to compress the skin for surgical purposes and that is comfortable for the length of your recovery. Your compression garment acts as your “second skin.”

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.

New Plastic Surgery Ask-a-Surgeon Service

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ASAPS Introduces New Consumer Service

Get Your Questions Answered Online By Board Certified Plastic Surgeons
New York, NY (September 28, 2010) – The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is expanding its services to consumers through a new mechanism called Ask-a-Surgeon, a free online Question and Answer Forum. This new patient education service can be found by visiting http://www.surgery.org.
The new service allows consumers and plastic surgery patients to ask questions and quickly get answers from ASAPS members, all Board-certified Plastic Surgeons.

The Society’s Ask-a-Surgeon feature is easy to navigate. The latest questions are continuously updated and answered by Aesthetic Society members. Visitors to the site have an opportunity to ask as many questions as they wish concerning topics on cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures and beauty-related issues. The Ask-a-Surgeon archives contain almost 500 of the most popular and frequently asked questions, and are also conveniently categorized by procedure.

Besides being able to ask questions and browse the Ask-a-Surgeon archive, visitors can access videos of Society member-surgeons that are easy-to-follow, engaging, and informative -http://www.surgery.org/consumers/ask-a-surgeon.

Ask-a-Surgeon can be found on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/asaps and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AestheticSociety). The Facebook page has direct access to Ask-a-Surgeon and Find-a-Surgeon functions to further serve consumers’ educational needs.
In addition, those who submit questions also have the opportunity to subscribe to the organization’s consumer e-newsletter Beautiful Choices providing up-to-date news, trends and tips concerning plastic surgery topics of interest.

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