Benefits of Silicone Scar Sheets

Using silicone scar sheets (or a silicone ointment) has several benefits over other types of scar treatments.

I know because I used them myself after I had been hospitalized and ended up with about 50 stitches all over my body.

After initially being adviced to use calendulan cream or Mederma I learn about silicone for scars. (I contacted a private cosmetic surgery clinic to ask what they thought was the best over the counter remedy)

The main reason silicone scar sheeting has benefits over other modalities is that many other therapies such as laser treatment, steroid injections, and surgical incision involve side effects. Because they are harsh, it is not uncommon for such treatments to actually worsen the appearance of the scar.

On top of that, silicone scar sheeting is not only non-invasive, it is also clinically proven effective. Too bad silicones only work on raised scars and not on depressed scars.

The benefits of silicone scar sheets.

Here’s a list of arguments on why this type of therapy is in fact the best way to treat scars at home:

    • prevent problematic scars from forming (scars that are less than three months old do not become hypertrophic when they are treated with silicone gel.)
    • thus they reduce the risk on developing unsightly keloid scars
    • reduce appearance of existing scars by shrinking, flattening, softening, and toning down the color
    • stimulate growth of new tissue and new blood vessels
    • non-invasive
    • relatively cheap when compared to invasive treatments
    • prevents and reduces scar pain and itch
    • increase skin elasticity
    • form a protective barrier between the (sensitive) scar tissue and your clothes a zipper or for example a seat belt.
    • little to no risks of side effects
    • not messy and will not stain
    • odorless
    • easy to use
    • many brands to choose from, some are more sticky others have other qualities.
    • pre-shaped sheets available for example for c-section scars
    • reduces the chance on bacterial infections of the scar tissue

A more scientific explanation of the benefits of silicone for scars.

According to this PubMed study:

Silicone gel exerts several actions which may explain this benefit in scars:

  1. It increases hydration of stratum corneum and thereby facilitates regulation of fibroblast production and reduction in collagen production. It results into softer and flatter scar. It allows skin to “breathe”.
  2. It protects the scarred tissue from bacterial invasion and prevents bacteria-induced excessive collagen production in the scar tissue.
  3. It modulates the expression of growth factors, fibroblast growth factor β (FGF β) and tumor growth factor β (TGF β). TGF β stimulates fibroblasts to synthesize collagen and fibronectin. FGF β normalizes the collagen synthesis in an abnormal scar and increases the level of collagenases which breaks down the excess collagen. Balance of fibrogenesis and fibrolysis is ultimately restored.
  4. Silicone gel reduces itching and discomfort associated with scars.

Are you planning on using silicones for your scar? Or do you have a question?

Drop your comment below or ask me. (I have personal experience with this over-the-counter treatment.)

 

11 thoughts on “Benefits of Silicone Scar Sheets

  1. One month ago I had a bicycle accident and flew over the handle bars and face planted.

    I received 7 stitches above my upper lip and 7 stitches on the inside of my lip. This area is now

    Extremely hard scar tissue along with being red with little bumps.

    I went to a plastic surgeon and he said the built up scar tissue and redness could last up to a year.

    He said not to apply anything to it just sunscreen.

    HELP!

    1. Yes, a year to 18 months is generally the time it takes for a scar to mature. Sunscreen is very important. Personallly I would start using a silicone gel cream (e.g. kelo-cote or another well-reviewed brand) because it not only helps fade this type of scar but also prevents keloids from forming.

  2. My daughter was bitten by a dog when she was 2. She had a skin graft on her cheek and stitches in the lacerations above and below her eye. No mother wants to see her child’s face in that state, we were lucky it wasn’t worse but it was still very traumatic. The plastic surgeon told us to use mederma, sunscreen, and lots of massage. Her scars got progressively more hypertrophic with this advice. Frustrated with the doctor’s insistence that I be patient and allow the maturation to take place while adhering to his plan, I sought advice from an occupational therapist friend. She recommended we try silicone sheets and gave me a sample. We saw immediate improvement. I have since used zinc oxide on the laceration scars and kept a bandaid over the skin graft scar. It has now been one year so the scars are still not fully mature, but her laceration scars have flattened and faded to the point of not being noticeable. It has taken some tweaking to get to the current regimen, but if I use a tegaderm sheet over the silicone sheet and use it overnight the flattening/softening/fading continues. The tegaderm works well to keep the silicone sheet from drying out therefore prolonging it’s span of use and keeps it in place while a 3yr old sleeps and plays. I had less luck with bandaids and tape- she would have irritation from the adhesive, the sheet dried out, and her hair got stuck in the adhesive. I have stopped using the sheets for a couple weeks at a time to give her a break and when I start using the silicone sheets again I can see improvement right away. I notice a marked improvement if it stays on for 24hrs which only really happens on rainy days or a sick day spent indoors. Silicone scar sheets are the way to go, I will continue to use them until I stop seeing improvement. Hope my experience can help someone else in a similar situation.

    1. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that many medical professionals still don’t seem to be well-informed regarding effective scar treatment. It’s the very reason I started this website. I’m glad to hear your occupational therapist friend gave you the advice. The tip about the Tegaderm sheet over the silicone sheet to keep the silicone sheet from drying out is valuable advice I hadn’t thought of before. Thanks a lot for sharing Rebecca. Wish you and your daughter all the best.

  3. Hi I had very big fleshy moles removed from my face about two weeks ago, some of them are very deep and some not so deep , will the silicone help to repair the deep ones.

  4. Hey I got a scar simple line.. used contratubex and attained numerous sideeffects. Esp darkening and swelling. So since I had exams and don’t want d sight of it I went to the doc who did cut out d dark part and restitched. Bt then it turned red after a month.. problem is it swells like hypertrophic and then it flattens sme days bt still red. I think its cos of the contratubex still thea.. do u think the sillicones will work for me cos the scar was attained two months back and reconstructed las month. Chris

  5. I have a matured, hypertrophic scar on my forehead. I tried using Mederma, but had adverse reactions to it and it only made my scar worse. Today, I decided to try ScarAway silicone sheets and after only a few hours of use–I’ve already begun to see an immediate reduction in colour, swelling and itch!!! I’m super excited about this!! I can not wait to see what these sheets can do! I’m sooooo happy I decided to give them a shot!

  6. It’s good to know silicone scar sheets are effective at helping to reduce scars and their impact altogether. My wife has been complaining about her stretch marks from her latest pregnancy. Would scar removal strips be able to help with that? And are they reusable?

  7. Hello, Everyone!

    I got a cut on my arm in November’16 month and had 7 stitches. then I went for plastic surgery on 5th January’17. Now the scars are getting darker than it was before plastic surgery. Will silicone gel help this scars to get lighter or to be removed permanently? What to do now? Please help

  8. Hi there, I’ve bought some Mepitac for my c-section scar. Do you know how often I need to change it? I’m happy to wear it continuously day & night. Also are there benefits of massaging with Vitamin E cream? Thank you so much!

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