Incisions and dissections made during surgery are typically very precise and have good approximation. Healing will normally occur without serious complications and within reasonable time. Still the normal homeostasis and bioelectrical processes have been disturbed.
Thus, providing post-operative WMCS therapy as a routine procedure following any surgical intervention will help accelerate the natural healing process, leading to faster healing and better longer-term outcomes.
The ageing population linked with increasing demand for aesthetic treatments, now also among the male population, and the availability of new aesthetic techniques are all factors fuelling the global growth of aesthetics surgery. In Asia-Pacific this growth is especially fast, driven by the region’s attractiveness as a destination for medical tourism, the rising middle class with increasing disposable income and growing awareness about aesthetic specialties.
Any patient undergoing aesthetic surgery would typically be a good candidate for WMCS therapy. WMCS will reduce swelling and provide faster healing with less risk of infection. In addition, the more controlled healing provided by WMCS will reduce the risk of longer term scaring and pigmentation changes, which are all critical outcomes for the typical aesthetic surgery patient.
Skin grafting, be it as a consequence of severe burn injury or any surgical intervention, is another example where WMCS is of great benefit.
WMCS therapy over the skin graft itself will accelerate healing time, reduce the risk that the graft will rejected, reduce the risk for infections and improve the longer-term outcome of the skin graft.
In addition, WMCS is really beneficial for treating the “donor site”, from which skin has been harvested.
Hypertrophic scars and Keloids disorders are common amongst Asian, sub-Saharan African or Latino individuals. It is estimated that 15-20% of the population with such genetic heritage has the predisposition of getting Keloids following a surgical intervention and/or traumatic wound.
Although further studies are needed to confirm these results, there are very interesting early indications that WMCS therapy immediately after any surgical intervention may drastically reduce the formation of Keloids in patients with a predisposition for such disorder.
The picture shows a young female with strong predisposition for Keloid formation. Both thighs were donor sites for skin graft. To evaluate WMCS effect on Keloid formation, WMCS treatment (only 1 session) was performed only on the right thigh shortly after surgery. (Courtesy of Dr Nous Sarom, M.D, F.M.F.S., Plastic Surgery Centre, Preah Ket Mealea Hospital, Phnom Penh)
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