One of the most important things that plastic surgeons and patients focus on postsurgery is wound healing and scar management. It is important that physicians prescribe to their patients a 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.


Shippert Medical Technologies

Rhino Rocket Nasal Packing by Shippert Medical Technologies is made from PVA Expandacell foam for epistaxis management after trauma or nasal surgery. Its patented applicator minimizes blood-containment concerns. The applicator protects the foam from moisture and helps insertion. When in contact with moisture, the foam absorbs and swells to six times its compressed diameter. A string is attached for retention and easy removal. According to the company, it takes 30 seconds to position, insert, and pack.

Shippert Medical Technologies
6248 S Troy Circle, Unit A
Centennial CO 80111
(800) 888-8663
www.shippertmedical.com


Swiss-American Products

Swiss-American Products introduces its Elta® SilverGel™, an ionic-silver wound gel that provides broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection for wounds, pressure ulcers, skin grafts, and donor sites. The crystal-clear gel allows physicians to see through the gel to the wound bed. This feature is beneficial when dealing with burns, because caregivers have to remove existing hydrogels or antimicrobial ointments in order to view the wound. In burn victims, removing surface materials can further damage already-compromised skin cells, delaying healing and increasing scarring and patient discomfort. Elta SilverGel forms a coating within the wound bed. The gel does not discolor or stain tissue. Elta SilverGel is available in a 1-ounce bellows bottle, a 1.5-ounce tube, an 8-ounce jar, and a 16-ounce jar. The resealable container allows multiple applications. Elta SilverGel is not intended for use on wounds with high amounts of exudates or on patients with sensitivity to silver.

Swiss-American Products
2055 Luna Rd, Suite 126
Carrollton, TX 75006
(800) 633-8872
www.elta.net


Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International introduces its DermatixTM Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment for the prevention and reduction of hypertrophic and keloid scars. Dermatix Ultra is a transparent, fast-drying silicone gel that minimizes the signs and symptoms of abnormal scarring and prevents and reduces hypertrophic scarring postsurgery. According to the company, Dermatix Ultra flattens, softens, and smoothens scars, relieving itching and discomfort. Its proprietary silicone technology provides a silky feel, without oily residue or buildup. It can be applied under makeup and clothing.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International
One Enterprise
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(800) 548-5100
www.valeant.com


Care-Tech Laboratories

Care-Creme by Care-Tech Laboratories is an antiseptic transdermal cream that relieves redness and irritation while providing antimicrobial efficacy in skin folds. Its broad-spectrum antimicrobial action reduces gram-negative, gram-positive, yeast, and fungi for infection prevention. It reduces the risk of cross-contamination, allowing faster healing. Care-Creme contains vitamins A, D3, and (E) alpha tocopheryl acetate, which enhances free-radical elimination. The creme can be used with Satin® Antimicrobial Skin Cleanser, which removes oil and protects the skin from bacteria. Both products are effective against MRSA.

Care-Tech Laboratories Inc
3224 S Kingshighway Blvd
St Louis, MO 63139
(800) 325-9681
www.caretechlabs.com


Avocet Polymer Technologies

Avocet Polymer Technologies offers two products: the Avosil Scar Care Gel and the Avogel Hydrogel Sheeting for Scars. Avosil uses a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent to reduce inflammation at the site of a wound. Avogel implements the hydrating and heating effects of water to break down scars. The products can be used together or independently.

Avocet Polymer Technologies Inc
23560 W Main St, Suite 2
Plainfield, IL 60544
(866) 352-SCAR
www.avocetcorp.com


Boiron

The Arnicare® Procedure Recovery Kit by Boiron offers the healing benefits of arnica montana in a convenient, compact kit. The Arnicare Procedure Recovery Kit contains three units of Boiron Arnica 12C homeopathic oral pellets that physicians can recommend to their patients to decrease postprocedure bruising, swelling, and pain. Each kit contains oral pellets for 15 days of treatment and includes an informative insert that explains to the patient how to administer the medicine. The pellets are recommended for use before and after procedures. Arnicare is also available in a cream, gel, or topical.

Boiron
6 Campus Blvd
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3267
(888) 264-7668
www.boironusahcp.com