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Topical Scar Therapies
Evolution of 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.
Embrace© is a unique technology developed by plastic surgeons at Stanford University that combines BOTH the hydrating effects of topical silicone therapy and the tension-relief of taping. This innovative dressing mechanically relieves any tension on the incision line and reduces pulling forces that may occur with movement. In addition, the portion of the dressing in contact with the scar contains 100% medical grade silicone. Multiple clinical studies have found embrace© reduces scar formation and decreases the risk of hypertrophic and keloid scars.