Treating skin to improve results?


Question from Elli: Are there any long term applications (Aquaphor, etc.) that will help to maintain the integrity of radiation-exposed skin that would help improve the results of future reconstruction?
Answers - Carolyn Chang I don't know exactly what it is topically that one would recommend. I think time is probably the best thing. One thing we have investigated in our practice is the use of hyperbaric oxygen. It has been shown to increase blood vessel growth in damaged radiated skin. These are things to talk about with your radiologist/oncologist.

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