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  • How to Clean Adhesive Silicone Scar Products

    Silicone gel products are the first-line option recommended for the prevention and treatment of scars by the experts. For this reason, NewGel+ has developed a collection of the highest quality medical grade silicone gel products that can be used on any and all shapes and sizes of scars, both new and old. All products have been clinically proven to reduce, flatten, fade and smooth scars.

    Of all NewGel+ products, the adhesive silicone scar products are considered the first choice for scar management. This is due to their ability to improve scars by providing a combination of occlusion (seals the scar from exposure to air), hydration, elevated skin temperature and continuous light pressure. Since the adhesive silicone scar products are to be worn every day for up to 24 hours per day over at least a two month period, it’s important to make sure your products are cleaned properly. Keep reading to learn more about how to clean adhesive silicone scar products with the NewGel+ REFRESH Foaming Cleanser. Continue reading

  • A Surgeon’s Take on How to Heal a Scar

    Last year, 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures were completed in the United States. This is a pretty big number of surgeries in just one year, and it doesn’t include the general and emergency surgeries that were also performed. Knowing that surgeons are directly involved with the healing process of wounds, we were delighted to learn about a surgeon’s take on how to heal a scar in Goop’s interview with top plastic surgeon Steven Teitelbaum, M.D. As an Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine, and president of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Teitelbaum knows what can and can’t be done for all the different types of scars and shares his insights with readers. Continue reading

  • How Long Does it Take For a Scar to Heal?

    If you’re recovering from an injury or recent surgery, you’re probably wondering how long it will take for your scar to heal so you won’t have to see that constant reminder of your wound every day. So how long does it take for a scar to heal? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question. The length of time it takes for a scar to heal depends on many things, including your age and overall health, your lifestyle habits, the location and depth of the wound, and many environmental factors that your scar may be exposed to during healing. To get a better idea of how long it takes for a scar to heal, keep reading below! Continue reading

  • The Reasons Some Parts of the Body Scar More Easily Than Others

    Scars occur as a result of the body’s natural wound healing process. As you may know, some scars develop differently than others. Some fade into pale lines that are barely visible while others may become discolored or even raised, leaving you with a painful daily reminder of the incident that caused your skin to scar. While there are many factors that play a role in how a scar heals and its final appearance, one factor is the part of the body in which the scar is located. Keep reading to learn the reason why different parts of the body scar more easily than others. Continue reading

  • How to Update Your Skincare Routine for Cold Weather

    At NewGel+, our goal is to help you feel confident in your own skin. Along with offering our clinically proven scar treatment products, we aim to provide you with the knowledge and recommendations from the experts on how to maintain healthy, beautiful skin. As the seasons begin to change, one way you can keep your skin healthy and looking its best is by knowing how to adapt your routine for the colder fall and winter days that are just around the corner. Therefore, this post will fill you in on everything you need to know on how to update your skincare routine for cold weather. Continue reading

  • The C-Section Pooch: Is Plastic Surgery the Answer?

     

    This post is all about the dreaded C-section pooch. If you’re not familiar with this term, a C-section pooch refers to any extra skin or fat that gathers at the bikini incision line after a C-section. Many women find this bulge to be resistant to diet and exercise, which can be very frustrating. While following a healthy diet and committing to regular physical activity can help reduce the C-section pooch to some extent, the depth of C-section scars makes this area of excess skin and fat particularly challenging to get rid of. Below we are discussing what exactly causes the C-section pooch along with how plastic surgery can help to get rid of the pooch quickly and effectively.

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  • Is Yoga Possible after Spinal Fusion?

    When you think of yoga, you most likely picture a room full of people twisting, bending, and contorting themselves into all kinds of unusual poses. With this thought in mind, you’d probably say it’s impossible for someone to participate in yoga after undergoing a spinal fusion, right? It turns out that yoga is possible after spinal fusion surgery and can actually be very helpful to support the spine for comfort and longevity. Read on to learn more about how yoga is possible after spinal fusion surgery and why it can be extremely beneficial. Continue reading

  • When Is the Best Time to Get a Mommy Makeover?

    While having children can be one of life’s greatest gifts, the physical changes a woman goes through during pregnancy and childbirth are often quite significant. For instance, a woman’s skin will be stretched, her legs and feet may swell, and her breast size may change several times during the course of pregnancy, just to name a few. Unfortunately, many women find it difficult to get back to their pre-pregnancy figure with diet and exercise alone. For this reason, plastic surgeons have come up with a way to safely and effectively address many of these issues to help women regain their pre-pregnancy shape and form: mommy makeovers. Continue reading

  • Do Medications Affect Scar Formation?

    The pharmaceutical industry makes more than 500 billion dollars in profits each year, and continues to grow year after year as new medications are developed to treat various conditions and diseases. People rely on medications to treat many different ailments, from something as simple as the common cold to more serious conditions, like heart disease. While medications can certainly help patients to regain their health, the adverse effects of these medications must also be considered.

     

    Today we’re going to look at medications that affect scar formation due to adverse effects that relate to wound healing. There are five primary classes of medications that actively inhibit the wound healing process: blood thinners (anticoagulants/antiplatelets), anti-cancer medications (antineoplastics), immunosuppressants, corticosteroids, and NSAIDs. Keep reading below to learn more about how each of these classes of medications affect scar formation by interfering with wound healing.

    Blood thinners

    The term “blood thinner” is a common term used to describe two classes of medications: antiplatelets and anticoagulants. Both of these classes affect the process of blood coagulation (clotting), but work by inhibiting different pathways of this process. Antiplatelet drugs inhibit platelet aggregation (clumping together), whereas anticoagulants inhibit the coagulation cascade by targeting specific clotting factors, which occurs after the initial platelet aggregation. The goal of therapy with these types of medications is to prevent blood clots from forming where they are not supposed to, such as in the vessels supplying blood to the heart or the brain, which would lead to a heart attack or a stroke, respectively.

     

    The problem with blood thinners is that by interfering with coagulation, there is an increased risk of bleeding. When you get a cut or scrape, coagulation should result in hemostasis, which is the cessation of blood loss from a damaged vessel, followed by repair. By inhibiting the pathways of coagulation, the body is not able to stop the bleeding as quickly as it normally would. This risk must be weighed with the benefits of preventing serious consequence such as heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms.

    Antineoplastics

    Most antineoplastics, or anti-cancer drugs, are designed to inhibit cellular metabolism, rapid cell division, and angiogenesis in order to prevent tumor growth. However, this also leads to the inhibition of many of the pathways that are critical to appropriate wound repair. These drugs also work by decreasing important components in the blood, such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Thus, wounds can be left vulnerable to infection and excessive bleeding, as well as decreased oxygen delivery to the wound site.

    Immunosuppressants

    An immunosuppressant is any drug that inhibits or prevents activity of the immune system. You may be wondering why anyone would want to suppress the immune system; that’s what helps us to fight off foreign invaders and prevent disease, right? This is true, but there are some people that have overactive immune systems, such as those with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis. The problem is that most immunosuppressants don’t take a targeted approach to treatment. Rather, they shut down the body’s entire immune system. While this will help to treat autoimmune diseases, it also inhibits your body’s ability to prevent wound infections.

     

    Research has confirmed that wound infections lead to poor scar outcomes. According to a publication in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, bacterial infections can induce excessive collagen production in scar tissue. While collagen is necessary in order for wounds to heal properly, too much collagen can lead to scars that are raised and discolored, such as keloids and hypertrophic scars.  

    Corticosteroids

    Corticosteroids, commonly referred to as just “steroids”, are a class of medications that work by mimicking hormones that are naturally produced and released by the adrenal glands. According to Advanced Tissue, this surge of hormones helps to battle the inflammation associated with a number of ailments, including asthma and skin rashes. However, too much of these hormones can shut down your immune system (similar to immunosuppressants) and prevent wounds from healing. A study published in the American Journal of Surgery found that chronic use of corticosteroids can greatly diminish the durability of wounds as they heal.

    NSAIDs

    NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a class of medications that relieve pain, reduce fevers, and decrease inflammation. You’re most likely familiar with the over-the-counter members of this group, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

     

    Most NSAIDs act as nonselective inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). By blocking the activity of this enzyme, the formation of prostaglandins and thromboxane is inhibited. One function of prostaglandins is to act as messenger molecules in the process of inflammation. The role of thromboxane, on the other hand, is completely different. The main function of thromboxane is to facilitate platelet aggregation, which is crucial to help a wound stop bleeding after an injury.

     

    While the inhibition of prostaglandin formation is desired since this decreases the pain associated with inflammatory conditions, inhibiting thromboxane interferes with platelet function. If these platelets don’t operate properly, this can diminish cell function in the clotting process, leading to excessive bleeding and delayed wound healing.

    In summary

    Understanding which medications affect scar formation by interfering with the wound healing process is important if you are prescribed any of these medications or take those that are available over-the-counter. All of the aforementioned medications are very important for the treatment of many diseases, so it’s vital to continue therapy and develop a plan with your doctor to prevent adverse wound healing effects. If you’ve experienced a wound, whether it is an injury or recent surgical incision, be sure to talk to your doctor about how to counter these adverse effects. Whether it’s making a dosage adjustment or temporarily stopping a medication to allow a wound to heal, your doctor will know the best course of action to help a wound heal fast and to decrease the risk of abnormal scar formation.

     

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Every October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when the color pink seems to be just about everywhere. You’ll see supporters wearing pink ribbons, NFL teams having pink out days, and this year even the White House was lit with various pink lights to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But Breast Cancer Awareness Month is much more than wearing the color pink. Along with wearing pink to raise awareness, this time should be spent providing knowledge to both men and women on the breast cancer risks, promoting the value of screening and early detecting, giving support to those fighting the battle against breast cancer, and raising funds to support the cause.

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