Dogs have been our favorite traveling, working, and playing companions for many generations. The origin and domestication of dogs are points still disputed by scientists, with estimates ranging between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago. But while dogs nowadays are often bred for their cuteness and docile nature, they still carry genetic similarities with the wolf. There’s no wonder, then, why dogs sometimes lash out at humans when provoked, scared, or excited. This isn’t reason to love our canine friends any less. But it’s smart to be prepared for the rare chance that you or a loved one is bitten by a dog. A dog bite, if severe enough, can lead to significant scarring on the face or body. Luckily, clinically-proven scar management solutions are readily available and easily attainable online.
Scar therapy and management represent a significant part of today’s dermatologic and skin repair industries. In recent years, the realm of online retail opened the flood gates to countless scar reduction creams, oils, and gels. Advertisements for many of these products all claim to achieve similar results: flatter, smoother, and less noticeable scars after injury or surgery. One brand that has garnered much unwarranted attention over the years is Mederma, a popular scar gel that contains cepalin, an onion extract. There is a number of conflicting sources that seems to indicate no topical or cosmetic benefits are obtained by applying onion extract to one’s scar. In this article, we will further investigate the pharmacological effects of Mederma to find out if it really does what its advertisers claim. We will then compare Mederma to medical grade silicone, a clinically-proven solution to post-operative scar management.
Medical grade silicone is a class of clinically-tested products designed to interact safely with the human body in a medical setting. The many uses and forms of medical silicone make it difficult to define and classify. But before it can be applied medically, it must pass rigorous FDA standards. Because medical silicone is safe and durable, it can be engineered for short-term or long-term use. Such items like tubes, dental retainers, implants, respiratory masks, and gel sheets for scar therapy all contain medical grade silicone. Silicone gel sheeting, in particular, has recently incited overwhelming enthusiasm by surgeons and dermatologists around the world and will be considered at greater length in this article.
For many of us, our teenage days are emotionally and physically some of the most troubling years of our lives. From junior high through high school, we are constantly pressured by our peers to look and act in such a way as to “fit in.” For some, this is no easy task. And one of the greatest obstacles to fitting in and having self-confidence during our days as troubled youths is acne. We have all experienced acne at some point in our lives. But for some, it’s a discouraging reality. Severe acne can leave significant scarring on the face, back, shoulders, and chest; these scars become pesky reminders of the teenage struggles we would like to forget. Luckily, there are clinically-proven solutions that can prevent acne scarring before it ever becomes such a reminder.
Silicone sheeting and silicone ointment are two forms of medical-grade silicone used topically to flatten and reduce the appearance of scars. Silicone for scar therapy was introduced over 30 years ago and numerous clinical studies support its efficacy. Keloids and hypertrophic scars, and scars resulting from burns, acne, or surgical procedures are good candidates for silicone treatments. But because silicone comes in several different forms, how do you know which one is right for you?