Excessive scarring can cause unpleasant physical, aesthetic and physiological distress, with physical symptoms including itching and stiffness at the scar site couples with tenderness and pain (1).
Silicone gels and sheets are universally considered as the first-line prophylactic, and a secondary measure to enhance scar formation, appearance and aid in overall healing. Silicone scar gels are a medical-grade topical treatment, scientifically proven to reduce scar texture by 86%, scar discoloration by 84% and scar height by 65% (3).
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How do silicone gels and sheets work?
To understand how silicone gels promote cleaner scar management, we must first understand your body’s natural wound healing process.
- haemostasis : prevents bleeding
- Inflammation: prevents infection
- Proliferation: reconstruction of the skin with collagen
- Maturation: full wound closure
For a wound to heal correctly, it must be exposed to an optimal environment. New infant skin that grows in place of the scar is prone to dehydration which results in the excessive release of collagen leading to abnormal scarring (2). Silicone gels create a breathable, protective barrier over the scar, which helps to trap moisture and oxygen, creating a desired environment for the skin to heal efficiently.
Silicone gels can also be used on old, hypertrophic and keloid scars; silicone gels and sheets have a soft texture that soothe and flatten raised, bumpy scars over time. Regular application of the gels fade redness, discolouration and softens scar tissue.
How to use silicone gels?
Silicone gels and sheets are easy to apply and dry quickly, leaving a transparent and flexible layer on the skin. This makes them comfortable to wear under clothing and allows individuals to go about their daily activities without interruption. They are generally safe for all skin types and gentle to use on sensitive skin. You can purchase scar gel here.
Begin using the gel as soon as your surgical incision has closed and no longer open. Cleanse and dry the area well before applying the gel. Ensure the skin is free from any creams, lotions or oils that may interfere with the gel’s efficacy. Apply the silicone gel in a thin, even layer over the scar, gently massaging it into the skin until fully absorbed. For optimal results, apply the gel regularly, following the manufacturers guidelines.