Surgery, whether exploratory, preventive, or more invasive to remove cancerous tissue, can take two weeks or longer and leave scars that are either inconvenient or uncomfortable. Surgery wounds can take longer if you have a medical condition or are taking certain medications, such as steroids.
Prophylactic surgery is preventive surgery that is done to remove an organ or gland that shows no signs of cancer in an attempt to prevent any cancer from developing in that organ or gland. Prophylactic surgery is often performed by people who know they are high risk for developing cancer. One example is prophylactic mastectomy where one or both breasts are removed for those who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. These individuals may be able to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 95%.
Other surgeries may be diagnostic, in order to attain a biopsy, while other surgeries may be more invasive in order, for example, to remove cancerous tissue.
For post-surgical treatment, we recommend the application of NeoGenesis Recovery to the area of traumatized skin to facilitate wound healing and minimize the redness and scarring. NeoGenesis Intensive Moisturizer can also be used to ensure that the skin is moist and retains its barrier function. Moist skin is important for proper wound healing. Do not use skin cleansers, alcohol, peroxide, iodine, or soap with antibacterial chemicals. These can damage the wound tissue and slow healing.