What can I put on the open wound under my arm pit to get this to heal? (photos)
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Wound Separation Following Arm Lift Surgery
It's not unusual for patients to have wound healing problems following arm lift surgery. The problem typically occurs where the vertical incision meets the transverse incision. This location is at risk for wound separation for a variety of reasons. These include poor blood supply to the skin flaps and high levels of bacteria that occur in the axilla. Both of these factors can contribute significantly to wound breakdown in this area.
Once breakdown has occurred, wounds tend to heal by secondary intention. Tissue tends to form a layer of granulation and wounds contract. The skin grows over the top of the granulation tissue. In the initial phases of healing, there may be an intense inflammatory response that can make the wound look red and angry. Depending upon the size of the wound this process may take 4 to 6 weeks to reach completion.
For these reasons, these wounds should be monitored closely. If infection appears, antibiotics should be started immediately. In the interim, local wound care should be continued with dressing changes. When this approach is taken, wounds tend to heal nicely. Rarely, scar revision may be necessary as a secondary procedure. If you have questions or concerns about how your wound is healing, it's important that you discuss them with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to address your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.
What can I put on the open wound under my arm pit to get this to heal?
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Silver nitrate can heal small wounds but cannot heal this one. Time and good wound care are needed.
The best treatment of any uninfected wound, per research, is 2-4 times a day dressing changes with moist saline compresses. However talk to your plastic surgeon about his recommendations for you - and have him advise you about how he wants you to do moist saline dressings.
If he cannot/will not, you can go on-line and find detailed instructions. Best wishes.
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It is extremely important that you stick with your plastic surgeons advice. Only your plastic surgeon knows you, your medical history and exactly what surgical technique was used.
If you were my patient, I would suggest a spray called Granulex. I would suggest you use the spray twice a day. This aerosolized spray helps wounds like this close quicker. However, it is essential that you check with your plastic surgeon first to see if this spray is acceptable. I hope you heal quickly. Be well.
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