Medical-grade silicone gel is currently the gold standard for topical scar treatment recommended by physicians all over the world. Topical silicone is backed by more than 30 years of clinical evidence that supports its safety and efficacy in reducing keloids and hypertrophic scars. The traditional way to use silicone is by applying adhesive gel sheets to the scar site. While gel sheets are a tried and true method for flattening and fading scars, they do require some maintenance to use. In this article, we will walk through the process of using silicone gel sheets and recommend options that are simpler to use.
Silicone gel sheets
Silicone gel sheets come in many different shapes and sizes, designed to fit any scar type resulting from surgery. Some breast augmentation or reduction procedures require very specific surgical incisions, which leave scars in the shape of an anchor or lollipop. Other incisions from C-section and tummy tuck procedures create scars of a particular length. Most silicone gel sheets come pre-cut to cover the shape and size of your scar. If you cannot find a pre-cut sheet for your scar, you can cut the sheets yourself to whatever dimensions work for you.
Silicone gel sheets are reusable and can last on average for 1-2 weeks. To improve their lifespan, they must be washed and cleaned on a daily basis. This is because gel sheets pick up oils and dirt produced by your skin throughout the day and can cause irritation at the scar site if not washed properly. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain oils, chemicals, and fragrances. Instead, you can use a gentle cleanser such as SilqueClenz by Biodermis. Silicone gel sheets can be washed by rinsing them with cool water and lathering the adhesive side with 1-2 drops of SilqeClenz. Once the gel sheet is washed, it can be laid out to dry and reapplied to the scar bed. Because silicone gel sheets have a mechanical rather than a chemical adhesion, they should retain their tackiness after cleaning. If this is not the case, Epi-tape by Biodermis can help secure them in place.
A simpler solution
In some cases, silicone gel sheets will be your best option because they are reliable and cover the scar site for the entire day, which is optimal for scar treatment. However, if you are looking for something for use on the go with little maintenance, there are other options. The ProSil silicone scar stick by Biodermis is an innovative solution to your scar care needs. Similar to gel sheets, ProSil is made of 100% silicone and is hypoallergenic. Studies show that ProSil is just as effective as gel sheeting in treating aggressive scars. While you may need to reapply Prosil 2-3 times a day, you don’t have to worry about the maintenance involved with other silicone products. Prosil can be purchased through you physician or online at Biodermis.com.
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