September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and October is famously designated for Breast Cancer Awareness, but most people don't know that October 2 is National Previvors Day.
Seven percent of breast cancer diagnoses are in people that have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, but 90% of people who have the mutation don't know it. I am in that group of people who chose preventative surgery in order to avoid cancer. At first I scoffed at being called a Previvor, but I know there are many women in my family and around the world who would have loved to have the chance to have that title.
In the last couple of months, I have been using Scar Healing Therapy by Kinerase on my incisions in the morning and at night before bedtime. It has a lightweight gel texture that absorbs into the skin immediately, so it can also be used on the face under makeup! The 48 dollar price tag may seem a bit steep compared to drugstore scar remedies, but Kinerase is made by Valeant Pharmaceauticals, and therefore has more advanced ingredients that actually WORK.
This product is NOT a replacement for antibacterial ointments (like Neosporin), so wait until your wounds are no longer open to begin using it. After they have healed and the stitches are on the scabby side, you can begin using Scar Healing Therapy. Eventually the scars begin to return to your natural skin color, and the raised texture becomes noticeably smoother. As my doctor told me, you'll be back on the beach looking stunning in a bikini again very soon!