Heal the Wound

The keys to successful wound healing are meticulous care and the optimization of the body’s healing capacity. Plastic surgeons and their patients are always looking for a postoperative wound regimen that will promote healing and minimize downtime. Here is a variety of wound-care dressings and gels to add to your shopping list.


Care-Tech Laboratories

Satin® Antimicrobial Skin Clean­ser by Care-Tech Laboratories prevents skin infection and may be used for geriatric, burn, diabetic, cancer, AIDS, and Sjorgren’s syndrome patients. Satin combines emollients and surfactants to prevent dryness, scaling, irritation, and the formation of free radicals at the dermal surface.

For additional information, contact Care-Tech Laboratories Inc, 3224 S Kingshighway, St Louis, MO 63139-1183; (314) 772-4610; www.caretechlabs.com.


PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems

PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems offers Silk­coat® Balm, which creates a highly protective shield against undesirable pollutants and opportunistic germs, while providing an ideal environment for skin to recapture lost natural moisturizing factor needed for a successful healing process. The balm is also an effective solution for repairing extremely dry skin on the face, hands, or feet. The proprietary blend is formulated with hydrolyzed silk, a skin-rebuilding protein.

For additional information, contact PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems, 8501 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85253; (877) PCA-SKIN; www.pcaskin.com.


3M offers Tegaderm Absorbent Clear Wound Dressing, which allows clinicians to monitor pressure ulcers, skin tears, and other moderately exuding wounds without changing the dressing. In this patented technology, an ab­sorbent acrylic polymer is “sandwiched” between a breathable transparent dressing film top layer and a bottom perforated transparent dressing layer, which is coated with a moist skin adhesive formulated for secure, yet gentle adhesion. The dressing’s large, adhesive-free tabs enable easy handling with gloves and come in both oval and square shapes.

For additional information, contact 3M, 3M Center, St Paul, MN 55144; (888) 364-3577; www.3m.com.


Boiron introduces Arnica cream, used in the postoperative healing phase to reduce swelling and bruising of tissues injured by trauma or swelling. Ho­me­o­pathic pre­parations of Arnica reduce bruises, bleeding, aches, and swelling, and lessen the injury’s local and general effects. It also helps relieve muscle fatigue from overexertion or trauma.

For additional information, contact Boiron, Six Campus Blvd, Bldg A, Newtown Square, PA 19073; (610) 325-8325; www.boiron.com.



Panafil spray from HealthPoint integrates the company’s Panafil ointment into a pump-spray de­livery system. When applied, nothing touches the wound except the spray’s light, ultrafine mist. The product does not disturb the wound, but clings to it without running or dripping, minimizing treatment time and product waste.

For additional information, contact Health­Point, 3909 Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76107; (800) 441-8227; www.healthpoint.com.


Smith & Nephew

The Versajet™ Hydrosurgery System by Smith & Nephew holds, cuts, and removes damaged tissue all in one motion, without the collateral trauma associated with current surgical modalities. Versajet targets damaged tissue with a high-velocity waterjet.

For additional information, contact Smith & Nephew Inc, 11775 Starkey Rd, Largo, FL 33779; (800) 876-1261; www.smith-nephew. com.


Bio Med Sciences

Silon® Dual-Dress50™ by Bio Med Sciences is a multifunctional wound-care dressing for use on delicate grafts and partial-thickness wounds. Dual-Dress50 contains an absorbent layer of 0.50-inch (1.3-cm)-thick open-celled hydrophilic foam bonded to an outer layer of Silon silicone film.

Dual-Dress50 is used as a protective covering for autografts and biological and biosynthetic dressings, and it can be placed over partial-thickness wounds. The thick foam padding provides impact and shear protection, and the occlusive outer Silon layer prevents fluid strikethrough and contamination of the wound bed. Dual-Dress50 may be kept in place for up to 7 days between dressing changes and is available in sterile 11- x 12-inch and 11- x 24-inch sheets for optimal coverage.

For additional information, contact Bio Med Sciences Inc, 7584 Morris Court, Suite 218, Allentown, PA 18106; (800) 25-SILON; www.silon.com.


The AlexaCare™ Skin Protection System by AciesHealth provides antibacterial, antifungal, and anti­yeast activity to cleanse, restore, and protect the skin. All AlexaCare pro­ducts contain a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and fungas and yeast pathogens.

The Wound and Skin Cleanser removes debris and contaminants from the skin. It is used as a general cleanser for pressure or diabetic ulcers, cuts, and abrasions. The Skin Protectant Barrier Lotion contains 2% dimethicone and protects the skin from breakdown and infection. It is used for urinary- and fecal-incontinence areas where fungal and yeast contaminations may pose a threat.

The Thera­peutic Moisturizer restores the skin’s natural moisture and pH balance. It provides deep dermal penetration to minimize chapping, cracking, and irritation caused by dermal-tissue dryness.

For additional information, contact AciesHealth Inc, 103 S Spring St, Bellefonte, PA 16823; (866) 550-5081; www.acieshealth.com.


AcryMed introduces Silva­Gard™ antimicrobial silver nanoparticles for application by medical devices to prevent the formation of biofilms and life-threatening infections. Acry­Med also offers Silva­Sorb® wound dressing and SilvaSorb gel.

For more information, contact AcryMed, 12232 SW Garden Pl, Portland, OR 97223; (503) 624-9830; www.acrymed.com.


Medi-Flex offers the ChloraPrep® 26 mL with Scrub Teal™ tinting technology, a skin preparation that reduces the amount of bacteria present on the patient’s skin prior to a surgical procedure and prevents infections. The 2% chlorhexidine, 70% isopropyl alcohol antibacterial solution has both immediate and long-lasting effects. ChloraPrep with Tint 26 mL delivers precise volumes of solution through an applicator with a sponge pad to keep the hands away from the preparation site.

For additional information, contact Medi-Flex Inc, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy, Suite 310, Leawood, KS 66211; (800) 523-0502; www.medi-flex.com.


N-Terface offers Interpositional Surfacing Material, a unique, patented wound-contact layer that acts as a protective membrane between the wound and the outer dressing. The high-density polyethylene netting helps prevent wound shear due to absorbent-dressing adherence. The material’s translucent pattern provides a “window on the wound” for visualization, cleansing, and application of creams, ointments, or wet soaks.

N-Terface helps manage newly applied skin grafts, laser skin resurfacing, partial-thickness burns, flaps, hair transplants, hand surgery, and dermabrasion. It is available in five sizes, including a precut full-face mask for laser skin resurfacing.

For additional information, contact N-Terface, PO Box 832297, Richardson, TX 75083; (800) 527-4616; www.winfieldlabs.com.


ESBA Labs offers Topicaine® 4% and 5% topical anesthetic gel in child-resistant tubes. Topicaine 4% gel is translucent and non­oily, and it is specially formulated to penetrate skin to prevent and relieve pain caused by electrolysis, waxing, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, and tattoo removal. Topicaine 5% gel contains aloe vera gel, bisabolol, and shea butter to promote wound healing. It may also be used in the perianal area for hemorrhoidal pain.

For additional information, contact ESBA Labs Inc, 1001 Jupiter Park Dr, Suite 112, Jupiter, FL 33458; (800) 677-9299; www.topicaine.com.


InflammEnz by Enzymes is a high-potency enzyme supplement used postoperatively to reduce healing time. In­flammEnz can be used after facelifts, lipoplasty, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and breast surgery. The supplement contains vitamin C, calcium, and potassium, as well as rutin and grape-seed extract to reduce swelling and bruising.

InflammEnz is administered as soon as the patient is able to ingest water. Three to four capsules per day are recommended, and they should be taken on an empty stomach. The product is 100% vegetarian and is available through health care practitioners.

For additional information, contact Enzymes Inc, 8500 NW River Park Dr, Suite 227, Parkville, MO 64152; (800) 637-7893; www.inflammenz.com.

Ethicon Products

Ethicon Products, a division of Ethicon Inc—a Johnson & Johnson company—introduces Vicryl Plus antibacterial suture, an extension of Vicryl (polyglactin 910) su­ture. De­signed to reduce bacterial colonization on the suture, Vicryl Plus is the first and only suture coated with an antibacterial agent. It is effective against Staph­ylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and methicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus (MRSA and MRSE), the most common surgical-site bacteria species.

For additional information, contact Ethicon Products, Rte 22 W, Somerville, NJ 08876; (908) 218-0707; www.ethicon.com.