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Does silicone gel really work for scars?

Does silicone gel really work for scars?

Scar improvement: Silicone gel is actually one of the only scar treatments that has data to show it's effectiveness. Other treatments that have been shown to have positive results include covering the scar with paper tape and/or the use of compressive garments. ...Read more

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Silicone (Definition)

Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically rubber-like, they are used medically in breast implants and to replace arthritic mp ...Read more


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How does the silicone gel patch work on scars? I've been using it since 11/29/14. It help tremendously but I'm not sure if it's doing anything now

How does the silicone gel patch work on scars? I've been using it since 11/29/14. It help tremendously but I'm not sure if it's doing anything now

Mechanism: is by providing direct physical barrier to fibroblast (or scar tissue forming cell) formation in hypertrophic scarring. These form up to one year, so you need to use gel patch as long as possible. Once the scar becomes hypertrophic, it becomes difficult to reverse. ...Read more

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I have a few hypertrophic scars on my left inner forearm. They are a little over 2 years old and completely healed. Would silicone gel work on them?

I have a few hypertrophic scars on my left inner forearm. They are a little over 2 years old and completely healed. Would silicone gel work on them?

Very useful: Silicone gel sheets, now available in patches by several manufacturers, have been found to be very useful in remodeling scar tissue. The gentle pressure applied to the skin by the patch will slowly flatten scars and keloids. They need to be worn regularly for several weeks to months for its full effect. ...Read more

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I have 4 pigmented scars on my face. Would silicone gel(dermatix) work for these Scars. One is slightly hypertrophic.

I have 4 pigmented scars on my face. Would silicone gel(dermatix) work for these Scars. One is slightly hypertrophic.

Probably not: Sometimes we can inject the raised one with a steroid. For the darker marks there are a few options. It is best to see a dermatologist. In the meantime sun protection is essential. ...Read more

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Can silicone gel be used on a depressed scar?

Can silicone gel be used on a depressed scar?

Not usually: More helpful on raised scars. Depressed scars more often require removal and repair to give the tissue margins better support under the skin. Depressions can occur with loss of deeper fat tissues, or if the wound separates due to tension after closure. See you local plastic surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Biocorneum gel , Mederma or hexilak silicone gel which of these 3 gel is better to treat scars which are created from stiches ?

Biocorneum gel ,  Mederma or hexilak silicone gel which of these 3 gel is better to treat scars which are created from stiches ?

Depends: Don't expect much from any of these. Where is the scar? How big? How old? If it is important to you, see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is Mederma scar gel or hexilak silicone gel better for keliod scars caused ?

Is Mederma scar gel or hexilak silicone gel better for keliod scars caused  ?

Keloid scar options: Keloids are scars that grow outside the boundaries of the original scar and usually require more agressive treatment such as surgery and injections. Scars that are thick or red but not keoids can be treated with various topicals, my recommendation being scar gel from skinmedica. Most scars improve over time without special treatment, and taping them for 6 weeks after surgery helps more than creams. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hypertrophic scars, is it best to use silicone sheets or silicone gel. Or is it possible to use both?

What is the best treatment for hypertrophic scars, is it best to use silicone sheets or silicone gel. Or is it possible to use both?

Scars: Silicone sheets and gels can be very helpful but usually you need to be consistent and the usually time frame is three months. No need to use both just one or the other. However, it is not perfect and if there is not adequate resolution of the scar, you may need to seek consultation with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I just bought a scar away silicone gel with massaging applicator for my hypertrophic scar.i need to learn how to used?and for how many days i have to?

I just bought a scar away silicone gel with massaging applicator for my hypertrophic scar.i need to learn how to used?and for how many days i have to?

Won't work: Sorry, buddy. These are scams. A plastic surgeon can help our with the scar if it is something you want. Or keep the scar as a badge of pride showing you have lived richly and perhaps even adventurously. We buy tattoos. We earn scars. You are a tough guy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Please can you suggest me an effective medicine against acne scars?i was using hexilak silicone gel which was quiet effective.should i continue..?

Please can you suggest me an effective medicine against acne scars?i was using hexilak silicone gel which was quiet effective.should i continue..?

Acne Scarring: Micro needling can help with scars (adding PRP helps even more), fractionated lasers are better, but more expensive. A less invasive (but slower results) process would be laser genesis to the scars. If they are depressed you can use needle subcision or fillers to improve the appearance. Silicone gel has been shown to help scars. It's ok to continue that indefinitely. ...Read more

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Can silicone gel sheet used on acne scars and mark left by acne and how long will it take to see the results?

Can silicone gel sheet used on acne scars and mark left by acne and how long will it take to see the results?

Not sure: Silicone gel is used for scars, probably best for fresh scars to reduce the formation. On established scars it is unclear how well it works. Acne scars are well treated with chemical peels, microneedling and laser treatments. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use silicone gel sheet on acne scar on the face?

Is it safe to use silicone gel sheet on acne scar on the face?

Yes: Though it would be safe, i doubt that you would be able to keep the sheet in place long enough for it to be effective. For silicone gel sheeting to effectively flatten raised scars it should be used for, at least, 12-18 hours a day. There are more "convenient" ways to try and improve scars on the face. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use silicone gel/sheets or vitamin E oil for scar treatment while breastfeeding? will either help with a keloid?

Is it safe to use silicone gel/sheets or vitamin E oil for scar treatment while breastfeeding? will either help with a keloid?

Safe but ineffective: While these are indeed safe to use while breastfeeding, spend the money buying a toy or cute outfit for your new baby as they will not be very effective in treating keloids. See a dermatologist for more appropriate options for your keloids. ...Read more

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Does the silicone gels like (scar away,maderma) have risks by using them on hypertrophic scars? And if there any risks can anyone tell me about them.

Does the silicone gels like (scar away,maderma) have risks by using 
them on hypertrophic scars?
And if there any risks can anyone tell me about them.

No known risk: No known HELP! Hope this does help... Try Vitamin E capsules (use pin and squeeze out gel) a LITTLE more "scientific" than silicon! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Hi, I hit forehead 10 days ago and 9 stitch up, for scar in my eyebrow, which product is better ? Mederma scar gel or Kelo-cote Silicone ? Thanks

Hi, I hit forehead 10 days ago and 9 stitch up, for scar in my eyebrow, which product is better ?  Mederma scar gel or Kelo-cote Silicone ? Thanks

Silicone based: Silicone based products are superior to Mederma which contains Allium, naturally occurring in onions. Studies have essentially been equivocal when looking at the effectiveness of Mederma. The effectiveness of silicone based products has been well demonstrated in research trials. ...Read more

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Scars (Definition)

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