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Breast Reduction Scar Treatment

There’s more than one type of incision (and more than one type of scar)

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“Breast reduction, which is done to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts, usually includes removing skin and/or the breast tissue beneath it,” Gordon Lee, M.D., a plastic and breast reconstructive surgeon at Stanford Health Care, tells SELF. There are three incision types to do just that. Which one your surgeon chooses largely depends on how much excess skin and breast tissue needs to be removed. If you only need a small amount taken out, there’s the circumareolar incision—also known as a doughnut incision—which involves cutting around the areola and removing some of the surrounding excess skin. If you need to remove more loose skin and tissue than that, the next level up is the lollipop incision, which leaves a scar around areola and a second scar that goes straight down from the base of the areola. “When you sew it together, the final shape is like a lollipop,” says Lee. For more extensive reductions, there’s the Wise pattern, which has the same two incisions as the lollipop and an additional scar that runs along the underside, or crease, of the breast, creating a scar that resembles an anchor. In some cases, surgeons also tack on liposuction to help reduce breast tissue.*

During the formation of scars, the epidermal layers of the skin will produce high levels of moisture in an attempt to hydrate the scar site. However, most of this moisture evaporates once it reaches the stratum corneum, or upper layer of the skin. This moisture loss triggers keratinocytes in the skin to produce collagen. Left unchecked, excessive collagen production can lead to abnormal scarring.

Silicone Gel Sheeting in procedure specific configurations fully encapsulates the scar site, meaning that it completely covers the treatment site for even distribution of necessary moisture (hydration), and maximum exposure to oxygen. Although the entire site is covered, silicone is semipermeable, allowing oxygen to enter while maintaining necessary moisture. This is called “homeostasis,” otherwise known as an ideal healing environment.

Epi-Derm Silicone Gel Sheeting, provided by Contemporary Design Inc. is an ideal healing environment at the stratum corneum signals keratinocytes to scale back the production of collagen, thereby preventing abnormal scarring.

*http://www.self.com/wellness/2016/03/8-things-women-should-know-about-breast-reduction-surgery-but-dont/

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!

Scar Treatment, Does It Work?

Time may heal all wounds, but Life’s battle scars are often discolored, raised, itchy, stiff and painful.  A skilled surgeon is the best prevention to unsightly permanent scaring after surgery.  Precision in suturing and lack of stress at the incision sight ensures minimal scarring.  But scars are a natural and essential part of the healing process; they stop bleeding and protect wounds from additional physical damage. They usually improve over time, but may long be unsightly, or itch intensely; they can even restrict one’s movement if located near a joint.

There are multiple reasons for scaring, (surgery, burns, acne, etc.), and multiple types of scars. Scar treatments range too, from plastic surgery, laser treatment, silicone sheeting, to onion extract. Pharmacy aisles are filled with “clinically proven, doctor-recommended” scar products, and on the Internet one finds anecdotes and vitamins to “erase old scars and prevent new ones from forming”. But what really works?

 Keeping the scar moist and covered is key.  This job can be done with petroleum jelly or most of the much more expensive solutions.  Vitamin E may cause skin irritation.  Topical antibacterial creams or ointments can actually cause antibiotic resistance.  Silicone does seem to do a better job of keeping the scar covered, and that prevents water from evaporating from the skin.  Moisture allows the tissue to come in smoothly.  When a normal wound heals, the body produces new collagen fibers at a rate balanced with the breakdown of old collagen. Scar tissue, unlike other skin, does not regenerate, so this is the time to get it right. A wound that dries out produces a lower pitted scar.  Raised scars, (Hypertrophic), the result of overproduction of collagen, are red and thick and may be itchy or painful. They may continue to thicken for up to six months. Again, it is moisture that helps prevent this type of over production of collagen. 

Whatever method you choose to aid in your recovery… Wait to begin your treatment, the wound must be completely healed (i.e., no raw open areas, oozing, or scabs). Most important, be patient and consistent, use as indicated, for periods also up to several months. Scars change over time, often becoming lighter in color and less obtrusive.  Studies have found a 25 – 50 percent effective rate for over the counter treatments claiming to reduce the spread and darkening of scars. Surgical treatments, Collagen and steroid injections, as well as laser treatment may be further actions to discuss with your health care professional.  Remember scars, like the grain of fine wood tells the story we have lived, often adding character and distinction.

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