Improving Abdominal Plastic Scars with a Dietary Supplement—A Comparative Study

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Abstract

Introduction:

Massive weight loss following bariatric surgery has a major functional and aesthetic impact on patients. Many patients are nonetheless reluctant to undergo plastic surgery in connection with their former obesity because they fear potentially large scars, even though such scars are not visible (ie, they are covered by undergarments).

Purpose:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of wound healing in patients receiving Celergen supplementation following abdominoplasty, compared with a control group. The hypothesis was that supplementation would speed up wound healing and improve scar quality.

Materials and Methods:

We conducted a prospective, monocentric, controlled study of patients undergoing abdominoplasty. A group of patients received Celergen, a food supplement, for 3 months and were monitored for 1 year after their surgery.

Results:

Of 33 patients who underwent abdominoplasty, 25 received Celergen supplements. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups. The mean time to wound healing was significantly better in the group receiving supplementation compared with the control group [respectively, 24.6 ± 9.31 days and 34 ± 13.48 days (P = 0.03)]. The Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale (POSAS) observer score was significantly better at 1 year in the group receiving supplementation compared with the control group [12.68 ± 6.6 and 17.38 ± 5.24 (P = 0.01), respectively]. There was no significant difference in the total POSAS score at 1 year (P = 0.166).

Conclusion:

Celergen supplementation significantly improved the time to healing and the POSAS observer score at 1 year for patients undergoing abdominoplasty.

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