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Reduce Healing Time and Scarring:

Please check with your surgeon before using any of the following products.


Arnica Montana

 Arnica montana users report faster wound healing, particularly for bruises, sprains, muscle aches, insect bites and swelling associated with bone fracture. Currently, Arnica montana is most commonly used as a pre- and post-op treatment for surgery. The decrease in bruising and trauma is said to help with recovery after an operation and decrease scarred tissue and pain. Bruising occurs due to excess blood in and in between capillaries, which causes swelling and/or the common black and blue appearance. Arnica montana reportedly increases blood flow and stimulates white blood cells to heal and clear the black and blue look.

Dr. Reed and Dr. Leis have both recommended for me to take arnica.


 Studies indicate the effects of orally administered bromelain include the reduction of edema, bruising, pain, and healing time following trauma and surgical procedures. The pain reduction effects of bromelain are probably related to its anti-inflammatory properties rather than direct analgesic effects. In one clinical study, patients with long bone fractures administered a proteolytic enzyme combination containing bromelain had less post-operative swelling and consumed fewer analgesics compared to patients given placebo. 

 Aside from its documented anti-inflammatory activity, bromelain is of interest to plastic surgeons because of its ability to increase resorption rate of hematomas. Oral bromelain, given at the time of hematoma and for seven days thereafter, resulted in significantly faster hematoma resolution in the treatment group than in controls.

Dr. Leis recommended this to me after I got a hematoma from an orchiectomy. The swelling drastically shrunk in the first 24 hours after taking bromelain.

Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Supplements & Vitamins Kit

 The Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Multinutrient Kit - Pre & Post-Op Formula (with Bromelain; no Vitamin E) has been designed specifically to help patients accelerate healing and obtain better cosmetic results following plastic surgery (as well as general surgeries) by providing all the vital healing supplements, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids that have been shown to be vital for preparing the body for surgery and for helping one have a faster recovery.

 The Make Me Heal Multinutrient Kit is composed of a Plastic Surgery Multinutrient - Pre-Operative Formula (14-day pre-op supply) and a Post-Operative Formula (30-day post-op supply) that can be both purchased as part of the kit or separately. The kit offers a discount compared to buying each product separately.

 Taken in tablet/pill form starting anywhere from 1-2 weeks pre-op or several days before the surgery, the Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Multinutrient - Pre-Op Formula part of the Kit helps build and maximize your body's tissue reserves of nutrients that are important for the healing process, supporting wound healing, and promoting tissue repair.

 The Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Multinutrient - Post-Op Formula component of the Kit is taken starting the day after surgery or several days following surgery (as soon as patient is comfortable swallowing pills) for a period of up to 30 days post-op and helps speed up recovery by strengthening the body's natural healing process, helping reduce swelling and bruising, supporting wound healing, promoting repair and growth of tissues damaged by surgery, and by protecting the body from infection by enhancing the immune system defenses.

 Appropriate for both women and men of all ages, the Post-Op Formula is fortified with the pineapple enzyme Bromelain, which helps reduce post-operative bruising and swelling, lessen postoperative pain, and accelerate healing.


 Nattokinase helps to dissolve abnormal blood clots. Abnormal blood clots can cause heart attacks and strokes, as well as conditions such as phlebitis, pulmonary embolism, or deep vein thrombrosis. It also can help the body to get rid of a hematoma.

 Nattokinase dissolves the tiny fibers of fibrin that form the strong mesh in blood clots. Streptokinase and urokinase, drugs administered intravenously after a heart attack or stroke, work the same way. Nattokinase, however, is absorbable by mouth and believed to be longer acting. Nattokinase has similar clot dissolving abilities as plasmin, a natural enzyme in blood.

Healing Ointments and Lotions:

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E Lotion Fragrance Free

 Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion is enriched with Vitamin E, in a soothing emollient base. Heals and softens rough, dry skin. Reduces scarring. Smoothes marks. Tones skin.


 Neosporin + Pain Relief First Aid Antibiotic/Pain Relieving Ointment and Cream help prevent infection and provides temporary relief of pain or discomfort in cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Urban Skintrition Scar Cream with Shea Butter, Vitamin E, C, and Collagen Repairing Agents

 Urban Skintrition stretch mark and scar cream is specially formulated from a blend of Shea Butter, Vitamin A, C, & E, collagen strengthening peptides and skin tightening antioxidants that restore your skins natural elasticity and luster. Many people see results within 2 weeks but it is recommend to use it for at least 2 months daily to see the full effect. Make sure to get the fragrance free version.

Reduce Scarring:

ScarAway Long Silicone Scar Healing Sheets

 ScarAway helps restore raised and discolored Section scars to a more natural color and texture, using the same technology trusted by burn centers and plastic surgeons. Using Scar Away on newly healed wounds helps prevent the formation of unsightly scars. Even scars that are years old show significant improvement with Scar Away.

 Made from a patented material that provides a unique combination of breathability, flexibility, wash ability and adhesiveness with a silky fabric backing for optimal convenience and comfort, even under clothing. Patented Silon sheets mimic the natural barrier function of normal, healthy skin, increasing hydration, working to soften scar tissue by breaking down excess collagen, reducing it's development and causing it to fade away faster. So comfortable, you'll forget you're wearing a scar management product.

 Silicone sheets are especially effective for top surgeries such as a mastectomy for FTMs.

Compression Garments:

Marena Surgical Bra with 2" Elastic Band (F5 Certified Compression Garment)

 The B2 bra is made of F5 certified fabric and is most commonly used following a breast augmentation procedure. This bra has adjustable hook & eye shoulder straps and front opening , no underwire and no darts or seams for added comfort. Perfect for: Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation

FTM Top Surgery Compression Vest

High-Back Adjustable. Upper Body Full Compression Men Shaper. Stretchable powernet layer for strong compression and shaping . Cotton layer and front closing for comfort. You can use it daily and after a surgical procedure. Zipper Lateral. -Lessening abdomen up to two sizes. -Correct back Posture. -Anatomic design with ultra smooth control cloths for better comfort. -To be used daily in order to mould shape. -Invisible appearance. -Special issue for garment with great fitting capacity, light weight, comfortable, and great adaptability.


Donut Surgery Cushion

These cushions can make sitting tolerable after sex reassignment surgery.

Vaginal Stents:

Vaginal Dilator Set - Natural Shape

 After male to female sex reassignment surgery, you will need to use a vaginal dilator like this for the rest of your life. This prevents shrinking and closing of your vagina.

 These dilators are smooth and comfortable, easy to control, light-weight, and safe. Medically Safe & Convenient Each set includes five graduated dilators, universal easy-grip handle, lubricant, and soft cotton carrying pouch with care instructions. A smooth finish ensures maximum comfort while the gently curved shape eases entry and transition up in size.

 Convenient handle improves insertion control while keeping lubricant off one's hands. The product is medically safe for individual use (see your doctor for more information) and easy to clean. For storage portability and privacy, dilators fit one inside another forming a convenient, small package.

 These dilators are medically graded (FDA INT), non-toxic and latex-free. Highly effective for post-surgical recovery programs as well as for treating vaginismus, dyspareunia, vaginal narrowing and other similar gynecological conditions. 

Electrolysis Aftercare:

Tend Skin

I tried Tend Skin based on a recommendation from Andra James' website. It works great to remove bumps from electrolysis, epilation and shaving. It also reduces redness, pain and prevents in grown hair. After trying this, I wouldn't do any hair removal without it.