In the United States alone, millions of minimally invasive and invasive surgeries happen every year. Depending on the type of surgery, a scar is likely to result. Patients of cosmetic and plastic surgery and dermatology are often concerned with the appearance of their post-operative scars. Because of the patient demand for scar treatment options, more and more doctors are looking for effective and affordable resources for their patients. Medical-grade silicone gel products for scars has been the gold standard in scar treatment for over 30 years. In this article, we will explore why physicians around the world are recommending medical-grade silicone gel for their patients’ scars.
Silicone gel sheeting and sticks are clinically-proven to reduce hypertrophic and keloid scars after surgery. In one study, “In 85% of the cases the lesions softened and diminished during the treatment period.” This is a significant finding that shows that silicone gel sheeting is a safe and effective option for treating post-surgical scars. The research further demonstrates that “either the silastic gel stopped the development and softened the hypertrophic lesion or resolved it in 17 of the 20 cases.” While the results of silicone gel therapy may vary, a vast majority of cases show obvious improvements in the size, color, and texture of the scars.
Reduces necessity of other treatments
There are several scar treatment options available to patients today, but most of them involve undergoing a procedure or operation. Some of these scar treatments include corticoid steroid injections, laser resurfacing, and surgical removal of the scar tissue. Steroid injections are just what they sound like—steroids are injected via a needle directly into the scar tissue to break down the hardened collagen structure. Laser treatment involves using a high-energy light to burn away the top layer of the skin, allowing new skin to grow in its place. Surgical scar removal involves excising the scar tissue and rejoining the healthy skin. All these treatments are costly, uncomfortable, and come with various side effects. Silicone gel for scars bypasses all of that by offering a topical solution to scar treatment that is easily accessible and affordable for all patients.
Safe, effective, and convenient
One of the primary reasons doctors recommend silicone gel to their post-operative patients is because this treatment option is safe and effective. Silicone is hypoallergenic and non-reactive with other substances. This means that it is not likely to cause a reaction on the skin and it is safe to use with other ingredients and cosmetics. Silicone gel can safely be used on children, pregnant mothers, people with sensitive skin, and the elderly. In terms of efficacy, topical silicone gel has been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of old and new scars. Lastly, silicone gel is easy and convenient to use, especially the Prosil silicone scar stick, which can be carried with you in a purse or pocket.
Retail or refer
Lastly, Biodermis gives doctors the option to retail silicone gel products in their office, or to refer patients to order directly by phone or online at Biodermis.com. Doctors who retail Biodermis products in office will be given professional pricing tiers. If doctors choose to simply refer, Biodermis offers complimentary, custom coupons for offices to pass out to patients so they can get discounts when they place an order.
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.
Biodermis offers custom tailored referral programs designed to simplify and reduce the cost of your patients' post-op care. Additionally, we offer professional pricing if you opt to retail our products. Give us a call at 800.322.3729, and we will be happy to provide additional details on these programs.