There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding what silicone gel is and why exactly it’s effective in treating keloids and hypertrophic scars. Some people think that silicone gel is a medication that penetrates into the scar tissue to help them fade and flatten. Others wonder how the silicone gel that doctors recommend is any different than the silicone strips you can buy in Walgreens. Dispelling some of these misconceptions will help consumers make the most educated decisions about their post-operative care before buying. In this article, we will go over some of the reasons why medical-grade silicone gel is the best topical solutions for scar management.
Silicone is used in many different medical devices and products because it is so durable and capable of lasting a long time. When it comes to medical-grade silicone gel strips, you can feel confident knowing that they will last longer than the silicone strips you will find in the store. Part of what makes a silicone gel strip so durable is its thickness. Some silicone strips are thicker than others, which makes them last longer and less likely to fall apart after using them for days or weeks.
Hypoallergenic & noncomedogenic
When used in a medical setting, silicone has what is known in the scientific community as “biocompatibility.” This means that it interacts with the human body in a way that doesn’t cause any complications or problems. Using a product that is hypoallergenic is important because it means that most patients won’t experience any unwanted side effects, such as rashes. Furthermore, medical silicone won’t clog your pores. So if you have a scar on the face, treating it with silicone will not cause acne breakouts.
Easily attainable and inexpensive
Medical-grade silicone gel for scars does not require a doctor’s prescription because there is no actual medicine inside of a silicone strip. Silicone acts as a barrier function that induces moisture and oxygen to the scar bed. Silicone gel can be easily purchased online or directly through your doctor’s office. Most silicone gel products are inexpensive and can be purchased for as little as $24.95. Depending on the type of procedure you had and the amount of scarring, prices may fluctuate, but not out of the price range for most consumers.
Shapes and sizes
Silicone gel sheeting for scars is versatile because they come in shapes and sizes for all types of post-surgical scars. Shapes designed specifically for breast procedures, tummy tucks, and C-sections are all available online or through your physician’s office. If you can’t find a size that fits your scar, you can easily cut silicone sheeting with a pair of scissors to fit the length and shape of your scar. You also have the option to use a silicone gel or stick that can be used for all scar sizes.
Can be used on the go
Silicone gel, especially in the form of scar sticks or ointments, can be taken with you to work, on vacation, or outside at the park without any hassle. The Prosil silicone scar stick by Biodermis comes in a sleek, easy-to-use bottle that can fit inside of a purse or pocket for convenient use on the go.
Biodermis is an innovative market leader with 30 years of expertise in the medical silicone industry. Visit Biodermis.com today to explore a complete range of scar management and post-operative care solutions.
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