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.
What Will My Scars Look Like After My Tummy Tuck?
The remarkable results of your True Form Tummy Tuck® with Dr. Chris Patronella are made possible by the strategic placement of surgical incisions. Incisions are a part of any major surgery, and patients should expect that they will leave scarring. Still, your tummy tuck scars will be inconspicuously placed and will heal over time to a point that, for most patients, they are not a significant aesthetic concern. With Dr. Patronella’s Scar Therapy Program, you can minimize your surgical scars from abdominoplasty. In addition, Dr. Patronella offers non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments that effectively diminish scars.
Tummy tuck incisions must be placed in an area that will let the surgeon access and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles. For Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck®, the lower abdominal incision is placed low on the bikini line. Due to its location, patients are typically able to easily conceal this scar with clothing, including swimwear and underwear.
How Scarring Heals Over Time
Initially after the procedure, the incision site will appear as a thin, pink line. Over the next few weeks and months, it will develop a darker color and raised, rough tissue. Like a small cut can develop a scab before healing, this is a natural biological reaction as the skin increases blood supply and collagen production to heal the tissue. With proper care, the scar will gradually lighten, break down, and take on a flatter, less noticeable appearance. Over the next six months to two years, most scars will progressively fade and soften. The care you exert for your incision and in following Dr. Patronella’s Scar Therapy Program will play a significant role in the quality of your scar tissue.
Incision Care and Dr. Patronella’s Scar Therapy Program
To minimize scarring after tummy tuck surgery, carefully follow all of Dr. Patronella’s incision care instructions as well as his Scar Therapy Program. With all scar treatment products, watch for signs of irritation or an allergic reaction and contact our practice right away if you have any concerns. You will be given detailed instructions on caring for your incision to protect it from irritants and infection during the early weeks after surgery.
The Scar Therapy Program, which begins five to six weeks after your procedure, includes regular use of multiple skin products to treat the incision scar. The Tri-Retinol Complex™ by SkinMedica® should be applied nightly to clean skin to exfoliate the scar surface and reduce thickness and pigmentation. If your skin is intolerant of the retinol, you can use the Vitamin C+E Complex instead to exfoliate and condition the scar simultaneously. Next is the TNS Recovery Complex®, applied over the retinol at night and over a moisturizer in the morning to flatten the scar and seal in natural oils. Patients who have a greater tendency to develop hyperpigmentation (especially those with darker skin tones) may need Hydroquinone 4% to bleach and counteract this possibility. Finally, the Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ contains a patented blend of therapeutic ingredients that will diminish the appearance of the scar. The Scar Therapy Program is designed to be continued for six to 12 months and must be performed with consistency and patience to help guarantee the best aesthetic results.