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PRE AND POST SURGERY TREATMENT

  • 2-4 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY

  • DIET

    Eat a well-balanced diet including many fruits and vegetables.

  • SUPPLEMENTS

    Some doctors recommend the following supplements for enhanced wound healing: vitamins A, C, D, K, all B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids (L-arginine and L-glutamine). Please check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

    Ask your doctor about BruiseMD with Arnica montana, bromelain, Grapeseed Extract, Vitamin C, Zinc, Rutin, and Citrus Bioflavinoids. This blend rapidly reduces swelling and bruising from surgery, cosmetic procedures, or injuries by enhancing the body's natural recovery processes.

  • AVOID

    Do NOT take vitamin E supplements and aspirin, which may cause excessive bleeding.

  • DON'T SMOKE

    Stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the skin, resulting in poorer skin health.

  • HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

    Drink lots of water to ensure your body is fully hydrated before your surgery.

  • AFTER SURGERY

  • CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR

    Follow your doctor's post-op instructions exactly.

  • INCISION CARE

    If your incision is covered with steri-strips or paper tape, leave it on as long as directed. These both provide support and reduce tension on the incision. Keep the incision area clean and dry to help prevent infection or inflammation, both of which can have a negative effect on scar appearance.

  • DON'T SMOKE

    Stop smoking for at least two weeks after surgery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the skin, and has a negative effect on wound healing.

  • AVOID THE SUN

    Avoid exposing your scar to sunlight. The sun can cause hyperpigmentation to form in unprotected scars. Once formed, this brown discoloration may be permanent. Sunscreens that come in a fat lip balm type tube are excellent for applying sunscreen quickly over your scar, and they are convenient to carry for frequent reapplication.

  • AVOID VITAMIN E

    Pure vitamin E has been shown in clinical studies to actually make scar appearance worse by causing irritation and inflammation. Other products with plant-based ingredients are also more prone to cause sensitivity and reactions than bioinert products such as silicone.

  • USE NEWGEL+ AFTER WOUND IS CLOSED

    Once the wound is closed (10-14 days post-op), clinical studies have shown that silicone gel and sheeting are considered the first-line therapy to manage and minimize scarring and are the only topical treatments recommended by the scar experts who create scar treatment guidelines for other doctors. Begin using NewGel+ sheeting products or NewGel+E gel, once your incision has fully healed, with no bleeding, scabbing, or oozing.

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