Friday, September 4, 2015

Contractubex SCARvivor Advocacy

Last August 27, 2015, 10:00 AM was the press launch of SCARvivors by leading scar management brand, Contractubex, held in Amici Restaurant. SCARvivor is an advocacy campaign by Merz Philippines Healthcare Inc., makers of Contractubex ( Extract Cepae + Heparin Sodium + Allantoin), for the benefit of burn centers in the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons, Inc. (PAPRAS) mission.

Last August 27, 2015, 10:00 AM was the press launch of the SCARvivors advocacy by leading scar management brand, Contractubex, held in Amici in Megamall.

We were enlightened by the talks and messages from the doctors in attendance. A burn victim's treatment does not end with one doctor. It may enlist sessions from rehab, physical therapy, speech, pain, psychiatrist, plastic surgeon...

Dr. Jose Joven Cruz, President of PAPRAS, Deputy Chief of Alfredo T. Ramirez Memorial Burn Center UP-PGH, Chairman Department of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Attending Plastic Surgeon of Beverly Hills Medical Group and Manila Doctor's Hospital; Dr. Dorothy Dy Ching Bin, Burn Rehab Consultant UP-PGH and Chairman of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Metropolitan Medical Center; and Dr. Venzo Viceral, Head of Medical and Regulatory Affairs of Merz Philippines.

The doctors also expressed great appreciation on this groundbreaking effort of Merz. L-R:
Dr. Jose Joven Cruz, President of PAPRAS, Deputy Chief of Alfredo T. Ramirez Memorial Burn Center UP-PGH, Chairman Department of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Attending Plastic Surgeon of Beverly Hills Medical Group and Manila Doctor's Hospital;
Dr. Dorothy Dy Ching Bin, Burn Rehab Consultant UP-PGH and Chairman of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Metropolitan Medical Center; and
Dr. Venzo Viceral, Head of Medical and Regulatory Affairs of Merz Philippines.

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The sooner the scar is treated, the greater the chance of positively influencing scar formation. Ideally, Contractubex gel (unique combination of Extractum Cepae + Heparin Sodium + Allantoin) should be gently massaged in 2 to 3 times daily (only on CLOSED wounds) for at least 3 months. Contractubex is clinically proven to reduce inflammation, flatten and soften scars.

All of us were greatly touched and inspired as the SCARvivors were presented to us and they shared their stories.

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Yes, scars might be a reminder of pain and personal tragedy, but they are also a sign of healing wounds. It is a testament to a person's courage and resilience. As the scars are closed wounds, they signify closure on the pain and tragedy that has happened, and scars can be visually improved as part of the healing process.

"There were issues with those big scars, particularly after my first radical masectomy when I was just 28. Then I realized it's about getting well. What you went through. And getting over that." --Nikoy de Guzman, a breast cancer fighter.

"There were issues with those big scars, particularly after my first radical masectomy when I was just 28. Then, I realized it's about getting well. What you went through. And getting over that." -Nikoy de Guzman, ICanServe Foundation Vice President, a breast cancer fighter.

 "Hindi ka lang scarred physically. Pati yung self esteem mo natamaan. Nung time na yun, I didn't want people looking at my scars. Ngayon, I know there's more to me than my scars." - Sherilyn Bruan, Ozone Disco Fire survivor.

"Hindi ka lang scarred physically. Pati yung self-esteem mo natamaan. Nung time na yun, I didn't want people looking at my scars. Ngayon, I know there's more about me than my scars." - Sherilyn Bruan, Ozone Disco Fire survivor.

"My scars were very big and my left leg was deformed. It was a very difficult experience., but with the help of many loving people specially my Mom and Dad, I am now on my rpad to complete recovery." -Giboy Billena, 13 years old, bone cancer survivor.

"My scars are very big and my left leg was deformed. It was a very difficult experience, but with the help of many loving people especially my Mom and Dad, I am now on my road to complete recovery." -Giboy Billena, 13 years old, a bone cancer survivor.

"Dahil sa scars, dati binubully ako. Sinusulatan yung libro ko ng sung. Ganun. Pero hindi ko hinayaang masira ang buhay ko." -Rubilyn Cua Rodel, got burned in an accident.

"Dahil sa scars, dati binubully ako. Sinusulatan yung libro ko ng sunog. Ganun. Pero hindi ko hinayaang masira ang buhay ko." -Rubylyn Cua Rodel, got burned in an accident.

"My experience has been a painful struggle. But I didn't let it hinder me from doing the things I wanted to do. I want others to know that you can be so much more than your scars. Just trust yourself and your will to fight." -Dwight Bayona, karter who lost his leg in an accident.

"My experience has been a painful struggle. But I didn't let it hinder me from doing the things I wanted to do. I want others to know that you can be so much more than your scars. Just trust yourself and your will to fight." -Dwight Bayona, a karter who lost his leg in an accident.

"Ang mahalaga, muli akong makabalik sa aking tungkulin. Dala ng paninilbihan ang sugat na ito, nagbibigay sa akin ng lakas ng loob." -Richard Tagapan, PNP SAF officer injured in the line of duty.

"Ang mahalaga, muli akong makabalik sa aking tungkulin. Dala ng paninilbihan ang sugat na ito, nagbibigay sa akin ng lakas ng loob." -Richard Tagapan, a PNP SAF officer injured in the line of duty.

Allow me to share my story. I remember back in high school, my problem was acne and well the pitted scars were less obvious but I was still very much affected. I was painfully shy to begin with and it made me all the more embarrassed. On the other hand, I had a classmate and she met a minor accident. As a result, a big keloid was formed. She got teased and called "bubblegum" as they said the raised scar looks like there was a gum stuck in her arm. Good thing that girl made dedma and it seems like she did not let it affect her outgoing and confident personality.

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Here is the SCARvivor exhibit at the Exhibit Space 3, UGF Building A, SM Megamall, which runs from August 27 to September 2. Get to know the stories of the SCARvivors, receive a SCARvivor kit when you buy Contractubex, and there is a FREE photobooth for all!

Here is how YOU can show your support to the SCARvivor advocacy! For every Contractubex purchased, Merz will be giving patients from selct burn centers their very own SCARvivor kit. This is in line with the Contractubex commitment  of managing scars, so that someday, only SCARvivors stories of hope and courage remain. #storiesnotscars

Here is how YOU can show your support to the SCARvivor advocacy! For every Contractubex purchased, Merz will be giving patients from select burn centers their very own SCARvivor kit. This is in line with the Contractubex commitment  of managing scars, so that someday, only stories of hope and courage remain. #storiesnotscars

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