The variety of plastic surgery procedures is on the rise, and it is important that physicians give their patients postoperative products that provide the support and comfort they need to help them through recovery. Here are some postoperative products to keep in mind.
Divinity by Tonserio Lingerie is a line of bras designed for women who have undergone breast augmentation. Divinity bras offer a patent-pending cross-strap design that provides comfort and support. The microfiber elastic straps extend over the shoulders, cross at the middle of the back, wrap around the body, and fasten in the center under the breasts. By redistributing breast weight, Divinity bras improve posture and enhance the silhouette. The bras are available in eight designs and come in white and black. The company also offers panties that can be mixed and matched with the bras.
For more information, contact Tonserio Lingerie, 215 W Seventh St, Suite 601, Los Angeles, CA 90014; (866) 531-8890; www.tonserio.com.
Le Mystère’s No. 9 product line features bras for postoperative breast augmentation. The designs are developed by David B. Brothers, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta. The No. 9 bra collection is manufactured in standard band sizes and includes five styles. The Scarlett All-Over Lace demibra features ornate straps and a center bow. The Scarlett Hybrid demibra (pictured) offers seamless coverage and mesh lining for extra support. Lace on the center, front, and sides adds elegance to the everyday T-shirt bra. The Lolita Satin/Mesh Triangle bra features triangle-shaped satin cups that are bordered with sheer mesh. The soft, flexible underwires offer support. The Lolita Strapless bra has convertible straps and a specially designed bump pad for full strapless support without adding excess volume to the breast. Inner elastic silicone bands line the wings and provide added support. The Lolita Front Closure bra features convertible straps that can be worn criss-cross-, halter-, or conventional-style. The bras will be available beginning in June.
For additional information, contact Le Mystère, 183 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016; (212) 779-9464; www.lemystere.com.
T Bra™ by Cosmetic Garments, designed by a plastic surgeon, offers the support needed after breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, or breast reduction. The T Bra separates the breasts and features a soft lace trim with adjustable Velcro® spandex behind the bra so that it can expand an extra 2 inches. The T Bra is constructed from elastic stretch material and is latex-free.
For more information, contact Cosmetic Garments, 1500 S Central Ave, Suite 126, Glendale, CA 91204; (877) 548- 5500; www.cosmeticgarments.com.
Silico-Lipid Serum by Medicalia International is a formula that contains silicones, phospholipids (vitamins A, E, and F), and bois oil. The serum may be incorporated into a postoperative home care regimen to protect and soothe the skin. The serum’s nongreasy texture leaves a noncomedogenic film that speeds up the healing process.
For additional information, contact Medicalia International, 300 Fentress Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114; (866) 314-1975; [removed]www.medicalia.com[/removed].
BioElectronics introduces ActiPatch™, an eye mask that delivers pulsed therapy after blepharoplasty. ActiPatch is made from a soft, breathable fabric and features pockets that hold two crescent-shaped patches in place on the lower lids during the day and on the upper lids at night. The drug-free anti-inflammatory patches reduce soft-tissue pain and swelling.
For more information, contact BioElectronics Corp, 4539 Metropolitan Court, Frederick, MD 21704; (866) 757-2284; www.plasticsurgeryrelief.com.
Bio Med Sciences
Oleeva® Scar Shapes, by Bio Med Sciences, are pieces of self-adhesive silicone sheeting designed for managing scars following breast or abdominal surgery procedures. Breast Forms come as two separate pieces, ensuring proper placement and full coverage for all breast sizes. AP-Curves are designed for abdominoplasty patients and are ideal for use under surgical garments or ordinary clothing. Scar Shapes contain no messy gels or pastes. The outer surface is covered with a silky fabric for optimal comfort, while the inside is made from Silon, which is used around the world for the treatment of burn scars.
For additional information, contact Bio Med Sciences Inc, 7584 Morris Court, Suite 218, Allentown, PA 18106; (800) 25-SILON; www.silon.com.
Mederma® Skin Care for Scars™ by Merz Pharmaceuticals features an irritant-free fragrance that is safe for use on all skin types. The formula’s light, fresh scent dissipates quickly once applied. Mederma softens, smoothens, and reduces the appearance of old and new scars caused by burns, injuries, surgery, acne, and stretch marks. The formula is available in 20-gram and 50-gram tubes. The 20-gram tube is suitable for scars up to 3 inches long. The 50-gram tube is suitable for larger scars that are 8 to 10 inches long.
For additional information, contact Merz Pharmaceuticals, PO Box 18806, Greensboro, NC 27419; (888) 925-8989; www.mederma.com.
ESBA Labs offers Topicaine® 4% and 5% topical anesthetic gel in child-resistant tubes. Topicaine 4% gel is translucent, nonoily, and is specially formulated to penetrate skin for the prevention and relief of pain caused by electrolysis, waxing, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, and tattoo removal. Topicaine 5% gel promotes wound healing with aloe vera gel, alpha-bisabolol, and shea butter. It may also be used in the peri-anal area for hemorrhoidal pain.
For more information, contact ESBA Labs Inc, 1001 Jupiter Park Dr, Suite 112, Jupiter, FL 33458; (800) 677-9299; www.topicaine.com.
HK Surgical offers a complete system for postoperative care. The patented HK Super Absorption Pads consist of three layers that provide patient comfort. The ultrathin top layer provides a dry surface against the patient’s skin. The responsive-tissue layer wicks fluid away from the skin, and the superabsorption layer locks in the tumescent drainage, creating compression. The pad absorbs up to 1,000 mL of fluid. Once the pads are positioned on the patient, the health care provider can use HK’s Elastic Netting to support the pads and keep them in place. Compression garments also are available to be worn over the absorbent pads and netting. Two garments are available: the Optimum and the Maximum.
For more information, contact HK Surgical, 1271 Puerta del Sol, San Clemente, CA 92673; (800) 909-0060; www.hksurgical.com.
Avocet Polymer Technologies
To soothe, moisturize, and diminish the appearance of postoperative scars, turn to Avosil® Scar Care Gel by Avocet Polymer Technologies. The gel contains nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory, salycylic acid as well as vitamin E and aloe. For best results, begin use as the wound closes and continue treatment for 6 to 8 weeks or until symptoms subside. Avosil is safe and effective, and it is available over the counter.
For additional information, contact Avocet Polymer Technologies, 23560 W Main St, Suite 2, Plainfield, IL 60544; (866) 352-7227; www.avocetcorp.com.
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