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Skin Care Management For Medical And Aesthetic Procedures To Prevent Scarring

Authors Jourdan M, Madfes DC, Lima E, Tian Y, Seité S

Received 3 June 2019

Accepted for publication 27 September 2019

Published 25 October 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 799—804


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Marie Jourdan,1 Diane C Madfes,2 Emerson Lima,3 Yan Tian,4 Sophie Seité5

1Centre Laser International de la Peau - Paris (CLIPP), Paris, France; 2Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA; 3Santa Casa de Misericórdia, Jaqueira, Recife, Brazil; 4Department of Dermatology, The General Hospital of Air Force, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 5La Roche-Posay Dermatological Laboratories, Levallois-Perret, France

Correspondence: Sophie Seité
La Roche-Posay Dermatological Laboratories, 62 quai Charles Pasqua, Levallois-Perret 92300, France
Tel +33 1 49 64 33 40

Abstract: An estimated 100 million people per year in developed countries acquire scars following surgical procedures whether it be elective, therapeutic or reparative. Scarring from surgery can have a significant physical and psychological impact depending on the colour, relief, size, body location, surface area or function. Whether a procedure be life-saving such as a mastectomy, a caesarean, or a mole excision, or aesthetic such as breast reconstruction or laser treatment, patients are increasingly concerned with having an aesthetic scar outcome. With improved surgical and technological advances, elective surgery and cosmetic procedures are becoming safer and easier to perform in both hospitals and outpatient clinics. This means that more people elect to undergo procedures for an increasing number of indications on varied body areas including the face, back and limbs but also breasts, ears or genitalia. Therefore, taking the final scar outcome into consideration both before and after a procedure is becoming particularly important to ensure that controlled healing occurs with minimal discomfort. As the healing process varies from one procedure to another, and from one body part to another, each wound requires specific care. Dermatologists are well placed to manage wound healing but there remains a need for them to be involved in wound management and help surgeons better manage the wound healing process beyond wound closure and infection control. Basic skin care can play a role to protect the skin barrier function, control inflammation and enhance natural healing. The objective of this review is to provide recommendations based on published literature for the role basic skin care plays in supporting continued wound management following invasive procedures.

Keywords: procedure, scar, surgery, wound-healing, skin care, wound management

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