Evolution of Technology

Topical Scar Therapies

Among the preventative scar treatments mentioned, two are simple, consistently improve scars, and cost-effective:

1) Silicone – can be applied to the scar as a gel or as a sheet. Consistent application of silicone has been shown to improve scar texture, reduce color changes, and diminish scar height. Simply put, silicone therapy tends to result in a flatter, softer scar. Silicone also reduces the chances of developing a hypertrophic or keloid scar.

2) Taping – consistently apply tape to the scar (usually after sutures are removed) reduces tension on the newly formed scar. This technique has been shown to reduce the bulkiness of the scar and help prevent hypertrophic scars from developing.

Since it can be difficult to apply silicone and tape the same incision, a surgeon will typically recommend one of the two. This will depend on the location and size of the scar as well as surgeon preference. Either treatment often begins within 2-4 weeks after surgery and will need to be consistently performed for 2-4 months.

Evolution of Procedure

Scar Treatments

Scar therapy depends on the location, age, type, and size of the scar. Skin type and genetic factors may also be considered.

It is critical to keep in mind that scars take a year or more to full mature. Recently, there has been a stronger emphasis on treating the scar during this maturing time to optimize its final appearance. These treatments to control the scar while it is evolving include topical treatments, taping, injections, and lasers.