Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to apply Arnica gel to post-surgical bruises and swelling.

Video Transcription:

Arnicare is a brand of Arnica gel. We recommend this gel for any postoperative bruising or swelling. A small amount, the size of a pea or amount of toothpaste, should be placed on the finger and rubbed smoothly and gently in an even fashion into any area that is bruised or swollen. It is important to avoid placing the Arnicare directly on the incision itself, but instead on any of the surrounding areas.



Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to use a breast strap after breast augmentation surgery to encourage downward implant migration, or to support the inframammary fold.

Video Transcription:

This is a post operative breast augmentation strap, it is used to apply compression either above or below the breasts after breast augmentation. This is the outside of the strap, as evidenced by the tag, the velcro is on the inside and there are no seams on the inside.

Immediately after breast augmentation it can often be advantageous to place this strap above the breasts. Snug it under the armpits on both sides and using compression the straps are placed downward force on the breast implants to achieve downward implant migration.

Similarly, the strap may be used under the breasts if the surgeon deems it necessary to support the fold during healing. It should be flat and smooth with no wrinkles or lines.


Our very own Stacie Isler, PA narrates this instructional video that shows how to massage your breast implants after breast augmentation to prevent capsular contracture and encourage softness.

Breast Implant Displacement Exercises:

A few weeks after breast augmentation it is important to use breast displacement exercises and massage in order to achieve soft contours and to minimize capsule formation.


Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to apply medical-grade scar gel to a surgical scar.

Video Transcription:

For postoperative wounds and incisions, we recommend SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel. This formulation achieves a uniform collagen deposition to improve the appearance of the scar during the healing process.

A small amount of this gel is placed on the fingertip, in the amount equal to the size of a pea, amount of toothpaste you would use. Rub parallel to the incision to achieve a uniform deposition of collagen.

Stacie Isler, our plastic surgery PA, demonstrates how to place an abdominal binder after tummy tuck in this instructional video.

How To Place an Abdominal Binder After Tummy Tuck Surgery:

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to clear, or “strip” a clogged Jackson-Pratt drain after tummy tuck surgery.

Video Transcription:

This is a post operative Jackson-Pratt drain that is used to drain fluid away from under the skin after an abdominoplasty. If the drainage tube becomes clogged at any point there is a simple technique for stripping this drain. We prefer to use a moist alcohol swab, although a damp tissue or a damp washcloth would also suffice just to minimize friction.

Progress is made down the tube to cleanly advance a column of fluid and any obstruction down to the level of the collecting tube itself. This process can be repeated in order to clear the system.

Adrienne Yanich, plastic surgery RN, narrates this instructional video that shows the best bent-over and “jackknifed” positions after abdominoplasty surgery.

Tips To Standing Up Straight After A Tummy Tuck

During abdominoplasty the tissues are pulled tight at the waste line. It’s important to maintain a bent over, or jackknifed position when standing and when walking for the first week or so. As the tissues begin to heal, it is safe to achieve a more straight position.

However, this jackknifed position is critical for the first week, even when attempting to sit or lie down. The knees should be lifted, the feet and the head should maintain an elevated position whether it’s with pillows or with a recliner chair. This protects the incision and protects the abdominoplasty results.

DPS cares logo

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson and Donaldson Plastic Surgery believe in giving back to the local community. The surgeon and his staff focus their support toward organizations that improve the lives of central Ohioans.

In 2011, Dr. Donaldson established the DPS Cares philanthropic program to benefit causes that were directly connected to his patients’ interests.  Since then, the charity has directed fundraising efforts to several organizations based on patient feedback and enthusiasm.

Recent activity includes the annual “Likes for Lives” event, which encourages each Facebook user to “like” Donaldson Plastic Surgery in exchange for the practice’s one-dollar donation to a local breast cancer program. In 2013, the “Likes for Lives” campaign generated $1,048 for the OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center.

Donaldson Plastic Surgery has driven similar campaigns to raise awareness and funding for The Stefanie Spielman Fund, In Christy’s Shoes (Dress for Success) and The Center for Family Safety and Healing. The practice also makes secondary contributions to hospitals, high school athletic programs, and centers for art and discovery, as well as cycling events and walkathons.

Dr. Donaldson continues to expand the reach of DPS Cares as his practice grows. Future planning includes The Women’s Fund, The Childhood League, and more.