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
- 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
- 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:
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”.
It protects the scarred tissue from bacterial invasion and prevents bacteria-induced excessive collagen production in the scar tissue.
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.
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.)