Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Chris Patronella Partners with SkinMedica for Cosmetic Study Focused on Diminishing Scar Appearance
Study will test performance of SkinMedica’s Scar Recovery Gel for larger scars resulting from tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and breast reduction surgeries.
Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Patronella
Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Chris Patronella, FACS, FICS, is honored to partner with SkinMedica, the fastest growing professional skin care company in the United States, in a study to test the company’s latest breakthrough in professional skin care—SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel. Set to launch this spring, Scar Recovery Gel has been clinically shown to help diminish the appearance of postsurgical scars in the critical formation phase.
“Dr. Patronella is a well-renowned and accomplished surgeon,” said Sujatha Sonti, PhD, Senior Director of R&D and Regulatory Affairs at SkinMedica. “We are excited to partner with him for this study in order to test the performance of Scar Recovery Gel in a surgical setting, specifically for larger scars resulting from tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and breast reduction surgeries,” added Dr. Sonti.
Dr. Patronella and Rahul Mehta, PhD, Executive director of Research and Development at SkinMedica, first discussed testing Scar Recovery Gel at the company’s 2011 V.I.P. summit. “We always work closely with our professional partners to help determine best regimens and judge product performance,” said Dr. Mehta. “Working with Dr. Patronella was a natural fit for a scar product and presented us with a great opportunity to receive an unbiased opinion on the product.”
“We can’t do these cosmetic operations without leaving a scar, so I work hard to develop a treatment plan for my patients that will minimize the appearance of scars as much as possible,” said Dr. Patronella. “Working with SkinMedica on a study like this excites me as I feel that postsurgical scars is an area that is often overlooked in cosmetic surgery, though it is a common concern for patients,” added Dr. Patronella.
Dr. Mehta and Dr. Patronella plan to compare the performance of Scar Recovery Gel with other products the surgeon is already using. Approximately 40 of Dr. Patronella’s breast surgery patients, who have agreed to participate, will be divided into four separate treatment groups. Over a six month period, each group will follow a different topical product regimen, in order to compare the effectiveness and tolerability of the different regimens.