plastic surgery procedures

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cosmetic surgery procedures
  • BOTOX Cosmetic
  • Restylane
  • Perlane
  • Juvederm Ultra
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra
  • TCA Chemical Peel
  • Cosmelan Mask
  • Refinity Peel

Healing and Scars

introduction and phases of wound healing
personal factors that affect wound healing - nutrition, fluids, smoking
personal factors that affect wound healing - diabetes, movement, steroids, alcohol, stress, sun exposure, other factors
surgical and post operative factors that affect wound healing
healing supplements - arnica
healing supplements - bromelain, vitamin K cream
scar formation and treatment
hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Bromelain is a protein enzyme derived from the stems of the pineapple plant. Its main application is reducing inflammation and swelling after an injury, but Bromelain has also been used to clean wounds, minimize chest pain, treat cancer, and relieve indigestion. As an anti-inflammatory, it seems to work primarily by preventing the formation of compounds that lead to inflammation.

For best results, Bromelain should be taken on an empty stomach at a dose of 500 mdu or gdu (measured as milk-clotting or gelatin-digesting units, not milligrams) 3 times a day for two weeks before surgery, and one week after.To be effective for surgery, supplementation must begin at least 72 hours before the operation.

Bromelain has been known to increase blood levels of antibiotics, and should not be taken by anyone allergic to pineapple, bee stings, or olive tree pollen. Do not take any medication or supplementation without your doctor's knowledge and consent.

Vitamin K Cream
Vitamin K cream applied twice daily can help minimize bruising, as well as spider veins, rosacea-caused redness, and dark circles under the eyes. (If used under the eyes, it works best when combined with a skin lightening cream such as kojic acid or hydroquinone).

For bruising, improvement may be seen after one week; however spider veins and rosacea may take several months for noticeable improvement. The most dramatic effects of Vitamin K cream are in treating bruises in elderly people whose thin skin bleeds easily.

The most common preparation is a 2% cream formula sold under the name "K-Derm". Talk to your doctor before applying anything to your skin after surgery.

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