FAQs

Isavela Compression Garments FAQ

How do I know my garment size?

To find your correct size, you must measure your body. For a detailed explanation on how and where to measure for the product you have selected, please visit the garment's page by searching by name, code, or category.
Please note: Although you will be smaller after your liposuction procedure, we recommend you base your product size selection on your preoperative measurements. Postsurgical swelling will cause your body to remain at your preoperative size immediately after your surgery. As the swelling subsides, you can transition into a non-zippered garment that will mold and shape tissue into to the new contours of your body.

How do I care for my Isavela product?

To keep your product in good condition, we recommend cold water washing and line drying.

How do I know which product is right for me?

Always refer to your doctor's advice for the right garment for you, or contact us via phone on 1300 855 617.
Considerations:
Procedure - Each product is designed to target a specific procedure, featuring targeted compression and support at incision sites to assist in healing.
Zippered vs. Non-Zippered Products - Zippered body products are ideal for wear immediately after surgery, allowing for easy application. Non-zippered body products feature targeted interior fabric panels to shape and mold your body.
Body Coverage - For optimal results, your product should provide coverage at the targeted site and surrounding areas.

How does compression assist in postsurgical healing?

After an aesthetic or reconstructive procedure, compression is recommended to accelerate recovery and ensure optimal results.

Can I just wear a lingerie shaper or a sports bra?

A garment that feels like athletic wear, yoga wear, or a lingerie shaper will not provide the level of constant and sustained compression or support required after a surgical procedure. A compression garment is a medical garment with a specific purpose, to encourage the healing and recovery process after a reconstructive or aesthetic procedure, and help the skin conform to its new contours.

How long should I wear the products?

Physicians who recommend compression garments vary in their opinions regarding the length of time a patient should wear a garment. Your doctor will let you know how long is suitable for you. However, on average, the recommended duration is from three weeks to three months. During the first three to four weeks, a compression garment should be worn at all times and only removed to shower or bathe.

Should I order more than one garment?

It is recommended to purchase more than one because when you are washing one you will be wearing the other garment.

What if my measurements do not fit within the size charts? Do you make custom garments?

Occasionally, patients with unique body types have a difficult time finding compression garments that provide a proper fit and accurate compression. When faced with body measurements outside a standard size chart, a patient can opt for a custom made compression garment. A genuine custom garment is made from a pattern crafted using a patient's unique measurements taken within the surgical area associated with the patient's specific procedure.
PLEASE NOTE: 6-8 weeks notice is required for custom garments. Urgent orders will uncur additional freight charges. Please contact us for more information about custom garments.

How do I put my garment on?

If you are going to apply your product at home, we recommended that someone assist you. Please make sure to completely dry your body before putting on your product. All products are designed for ease of application and a snug fit to ensure proper compression.

Do Isavela products contain Latex or Formaldehyde?

No. Isavela's proprietary blend of Naturexx fabric is 100% latex and rubber free, assuring that there is no risk of deadly allergic reactions. Plus, we have taken additional steps to keep our garments hypoallergenic by rejecting fabric that contains formaldehyde. Most of the garments are made of 76% nylon, 24% elastane.

Why do you offer products with an open crotch?

Since a compression garment must be worn constantly, it is imperative that the garment accommodate body elimination. Therefore, a reinforced, anatomically correct open crotch is essential to a compression garment. The opening should be properly constructed and solidly reinforced to avoid tearing the garment while using the facilities. Furthermore, because accumulated fluid will naturally flow downward due to gravity, the garment opening should be small enough to offer some compressive support to the pubic bone to reduce the possibility of edema in the genitals.

 

CareFix Post-Op Bras FAQ

Why should I wear a post-op bra? Can I just wear a sports bra?

The use of surgical bra in the first 48 hours is to assist haemostasis in the surgical planes and in the pocket created for the implant. Surgical bras tend to have more support while sports bras tend to be more elastic (and less supportive).
CareFix post-surgical bras are designed to be worn immediately following breast surgery or radiotherapy, when the skin is still tender and sensitive.
The seamless design and soft fabric are ideal for the post-surgical stage, offering support and full freedom of movement without restricting or irritating sensitive tissue.
PLEASE NOTE: Always follow the advice of your doctor or surgeon when purchasing a post-op bra.

What fabric are the bras made of?

Anna, Alice, Bella, Catia, Mary and Mindy: 91% Polyamide, 9% Elastane.
Bianca: 77% Cotton, 13% Polyamide, 10% Elastane.
Celia: 60% Cotton, 25% Polyamide, 15% Elastane.
All the bras are latex free.

 

Biodermis Scar Management FAQ

How long will gel sheeting last?

Once gel sheeting has been applied to the scar site, it can be used for 1-2 weeks. When it begins to lose its adhesive qualities, or when surface dirt becomes difficult to remove with proper daily washing, it is time to replace the sheet.

How long do I use Epi-Derm for?

Epi-Derm, Pro-Sil, and Xeragel must be applied for a minimum of 12 hours per day for 8-12 weeks.

Can Biodermis products be used while out in the sun?

Epi-Derm does not have SPF protection; it’s best to remove it before prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Do not use sunblock underneath Biodermis products.

How soon will I see improvement in the appearance of my scar?

Many patients notice improvement within one to two weeks of proper use. However, every scar responds differently and especially older scars may take longer before you notice improvement.

Do any of the Biodermis products work on acne scars?

Patients are reporting impressive results using Pro-Sil for acne scars. They are experiencing reduced redness, as well as a reduction in the severity of pitting, and an overall improvement in the complexion of areas affected by acne scarring.

Can Biodermis products be used on children?

Yes, it is safe and non-toxic and can be used on children.

 

 - Epi-Derm Sheeting FAQ

What is the difference between original Epi-Derm and Epi-Derm Natural?

The difference is that original Epi-Derm is a 100% silicone sheet, with no backing. It is tacky on one side only. Epi-Derm Natural is also 100% silicone sheeting, tacky on the side facing the skin, but with a pliable, soft fabric liner designed to act as a protective barrier between the silicone sheet and clothing. This helps prevent the corners of the sheeting from "rolling" up against clothing in certain areas. The fabric liner also provides a visual barrier to hide scars while they are healing.

Is Epi-Derm self-adhesive?

Unlike many other scar products, Epi-Derm is self-adhesive, but you may need to apply Epi-Tape on certain areas of the body.

What is the difference between Biodermis products and others?

Unlike many over the counter scar reduction products, Epi-Derm, Pro-Sil and Xeragel are made of medical grade silicone. Because of the quality and high standards of all Biodermis family of products, it is sold directly to hospitals, burn centers, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other specialists.

How effective is Epi-Derm on older scars?

Clinical studies have shown the newer the scar, the better the results. One such study found a success rate of scar reduction up to 85% on scars under 1 year old, and a rate of about 65% for scars over 10 years old.

With Epi-Derm gel sheets do I also need Pro-Sil or Xeragel?

Pro-Sil and Xeragel are frequently used during the day on exposed scars (facial, hands, elbows, etc.). For 24 hour a day usage, many patients prefer Epi-Derm scar silicone sheets at night when they are at home or sleeping, because a single sheet will last all night.

Will Epi-Derm completely eliminate my scar?

Probably not, nor will any product. Ideal scar management results in a minimising of the height, thickness and/or discoloration of the scar, thus helping flatten, smooth and blend the scar with the surrounding skin, making it far less noticeable.

Are there any complications?

Rarely. However, as with any topical device applied directly to the skin, there is always potential for contact dermatitis (rash). If this occurs, discontinue use of Epi-Derm.

Is it safe?

Yes. Each product has received U.S. FDA clearance and European C.E. mark and is comprised of safe, non-toxic, non-medicated, semi-occlusive silicone gel.

Can I cut the Epi-Derm sheet?

Yes, Epi-Derm scar silicone sheets may be cut into smaller pieces using clean scissors or a knife. The piece of gel sheeting should fully cover the scar and extend 1/4 inch all the way around the scar border.

How should I store the unused Epi-Derm?

Biodermis recommends that you store it in its original packaging at room temperature.

How soon can I start using Epi-Derm?

Epi-Derm can be applied after the sutures have been removed, and the scab is no longer present.

Should I remove the sheeting when I shower, workout or swim?

Yes, it is recommended to remove silicone sheeting for scars when you shower, workout or swim due to the excessive moisture. However, it does not harm the product or your scar.

Can Epi-Derm be used on facial scars?

Yes, Epi-Derm silicone strips work great on facial scars. Frequently, patients choose to use Pro-Sil or Xeragel on facial scars during the day because these products are less noticable, then use Epi-Derm scar silicone sheets at night.

What are keloids and can Epi-Derm help prevent them?

Keloids are the aftereffect of an overgrowth of dense fibrous tissue that usually develops after healing of a skin injury. When a scar is formed, connective tissues or fibers are formed at the site to hold the wound closed. Keloids form when the cells continue to multiply after the wound is filled in. Symptoms may include pigmentation of the skin, discomfort, or an itchy or painful sensation.
Scar treatment therapy options include silicone sheets for keloids, and pressure treatment. Keloids may often be prevented by using a pressure dressing like Epi-Net in conjunction with silicone scar strips over the injury site 24 hours each day. This treatment is most effective after healing of the wound or injury, usually within a month.

What is the difference between Biodermis products and others?

Unlike many over the counter scar reduction products, Epi-Derm, Pro-Sil and Xeragel are made of medical grade silicone. Because of the quality and high standards of all Biodermis family of products, it is sold directly to hospitals, burn centers, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other specialists.

 

 - Xeragel FAQ

How long does a tube of Xeragel last?

Typically, on a small to mid-sized scar, a tube of Xeragel silicone gel will last roughly two to three weeks.

Can I use Xeragel in conjunction with Epi-Derm?

Xeragel can be used in conjunction with Epi-Derm by alternating the products, but not applied together. Never apply any product under the Epi-Derm Gel Sheeting. For 24 hour a day usage, many patients prefer Epi-Derm gel sheets at night when they are at home or sleeping, because a single sheet will last all night. Xeragel is frequently used during the day on exposed scars (face, hands, elbows, etc.).

Is Xeragel as effective as Epi-Derm?

Yes, both products are equally effective and made from the same silicone compound.

Can Xeragel be used around the eyes or mouth?

Yes, Xeragel silicone gel may be used on scars near the eyes and mouth. However, caution should be used to keep the product from entering these areas.

Can Xeragel be used on children?

Yes, Xeragel can be used on children, under adult supervision. This silicone gel treatment is safe and non-toxic.

 

 - Pro-Sil FAQ

How long does a tube of Pro-Sil last?

Typically, on a small to mid-sized scar, the tube will last roughly two to three weeks.

Can I use Pro-Sil in conjunction with Epi-Derm?

Pro-Sil can be used in conjunction with Epi-Derm by alternating the products, but not applied together. Never apply any product under the Epi-Derm gel sheeting. For 24 hour a day usage, many patients prefer Epi-Derm gel sheets at night when they are at home or sleeping, because a single sheet will last all night. Pro-Sil is frequently used during the day on exposed scars (face, hands, elbows, etc.). The Pro-Sil stick is easier to apply than an ordinary scar cream, making it even more convenient to treat exposed scars.

Is Pro-Sil as effective as Epi-Derm?

Yes, both products are equally effective and made from the same silicone compound.

Can Pro-Dil be used around the eyes or mouth?

Yes, Pro-Sil silicone may be used on scars near the eyes and mouth. However, caution should be used to keep the product from entering these areas.

Can Pro-Sil be used on children?

Yes, Pro-Sil can be used on children, under adult supervision. This silicone gel treatment is safe and non-toxic.

Why don't you offer Pro-Sil Sport with higher SPF?

Raising the SPF rating requires physically adding more SPF to the formula, thereby reducing the amount of medical-grade silicone in the product. We believe that SPF 15 provides adequate sun protection while maintaining Pro-Sil's scar reducing properties.

Does Pro-Sil help with acne scars?

Patients are reporting impressive results using Pro-Sil for acne scars. They are experiencing reduced redness, as well as a reduction in the severity of pitting, and an overall improvement in the complexion of areas affected by acne scarring.

 

 - Bio-luminance Hydration Masque FAQ

Will the silicone in BIO-luminance make me break out?

In short, no. BIO-luminance is constructed of medical-grade, silicone gel sheeting, which is completely different than liquid silicone used in makeup and cosmetics. The silicone gel sheeting used in BIO-luminance is the single most effective, topical method for hydrating and oxygenating the skin.
In recent years, makeup and hair products containing silicone have come under scrutiny. Why? Silicone (dimethicone) is a very good filler and smoothing agent when suspended in liquids. It does an amazing job of filling in facial imperfections and allowing makeup to go on smoothly. Many women love the smooth look of silicone based cosmetics, as well as their tendency to look good for longer periods of time. However, this same filling and smoothing characteristic is thought to contribute to clogged pores in a small percentage of women.
Silicone gel sheeting is not a liquid. It is a solid, and therefor cannot "flow," and cannot clog pores. In fact, the sheeting promotes heightened levels of moisture within the pores, contributing to clearer pores. The construction of the sheeting also allows oxygen to penetrate, helping to create the ideal hydration environment for your skin.

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