Treating skin to improve results?

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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.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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