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Silicone Gels/Ointments

What Are Silicone Gels/Ointments And How Can They Benefit Scar Healing?

Some women have used silicone gels and ointments to help heal their scars and minimize their appearance. Silicone gels such as Kelo-cote, Scar Guard and Scar Fade benefit scar healing by creating a barrier between the environment and the skin surface. The silicone gel provides a waterproof, gas permeable membrane that acts like an extra layer of skin. This can be beneficial to the scar healing process because oftentimes the scar takes longer to heal because bacteria in the environment attack the scars and by affecting the immune system at work, they slow down the process of healing. The extra protection that silicone gels and ointments provide from these environmental impurities can speed up the scar healing process. The faster the scar heals, the lower the chance that it will leave a noticeable mark. In general, the longer the scar takes to heal, the more apparent of a mark it leaves. Further, the protective barrier formed by silicone gels maintains the skin’s moisture balance and elasticity of adjacent skin, and helps soften and smoothen the scar and reduce its thickness. The maintenance of moisture balance can be especially important in helping avoid itching and irritation that often accompanies scar healing. Finally, some silicone gels can also be beneficial in reducing redness surrounding the wound.

When comparing silicone gels with silicone sheets (discussed shortly), we have found that journeywomen prefer using silicone gels because applying a gel is easier and its appearance is less conspicuous than a silicone sheet. Silicone gels have the advantage of being easier to apply in harder-to-reach scar areas such as around the ears, which is a region that is harder to target with a sheet. The application of a silicone gel is also advantageous in that it is not as noticeable when applied to scar healing regions that are more visible to the eye like in front of the ears and the temple area where the mid hairline runs. Further, silicone gels have antibacterial and moisturizing benefits, whereas silicone sheets do not. Finally, when selecting a silicone gel you should be sure to see if it has vitamin E in it. If this is the case, then you should not use this product for the first two weeks after surgery.

We provide detailed product descriptions for various silicone gels and ointment brands shortly.

How Should I Apply Silicone Gels?

You should make sure that the wound has closed completely before starting to use silicone gels and ointments. You do not want silicone to react with an open wound. Begin by washing your hands and then wash the affected scar area. Thereafter, pat the scar area dry with a cotton ball or clean towel and then gently spread a very thin coat of the ointment over the scar site. Allow the silicone film to dry for 8-10 minutes and that is all there is to it. Please be aware that ointments can stain clothing if they are not completely dry.

When Does One Typically Start & Stop Applying Silicone Gels?

You should not start using these silicone ointments until the wound has closed completely. You can generally use these gels for as long as benefits are noticeable, up to about 4- 6 months. However, you should make sure to read the specific product instructions for each specific gel because the suggested duration for use may vary. If your product contains vitamin E, then you should not use it during the first two weeks of post-op.

How Often Should I Apply Silicone Gels?

You can usually apply the gel every few hours during the early phase of scar healing and then make the usage less frequent as your scar matures. You should read the specific directions on the product packaging. Something to remember is to stock up on the ointments that seem to be working for you before you go out of the town and run out because regular use is key to achieve the maximum benefits.

Are There Any Special Precautions To Consider?

As much as silicone gels have been known to be effective post-op, you should consult your doctor before using any products that contain silicone because you could possibly be allergic to silicone. If your silicon gel has vitamin E in it, do not use it on your scars during the first 2 weeks of post-op. Please be aware that silicone gels and ointments can stain clothing if they are not completely dry.

Where Can I Get Silicone Gels?

Silicone gels may be available from the following sources:

  • Drugstores
  • Specialized pharmacies and stores
  • Internet

The following are some silicone gel and ointment brands that have either been tried, tested and recommended by fellow facelifters, or found through our research and thus may be good additions to your healing journey. If you have any products to recommend, tips, ideas, or any feedback that you would like to share, please email us at products@makemeheal.com. Be sure to consult with your doctor about any products that you are considering using during your healing journey.

Silicone Sheets

What Are Silicone Sheets And How Can They Benefit Scar Healing?

Also known as silastic sheets, silicone sheets come in the form of a soft, slightly adherent, semi-transparent covering that is made from medical grade silicone polymers. Silicone sheets operate by creating a static electricity and heat between the scar and the sheet that helps decrease the overproduction of collagen that occurs during the initial scar formation. This is beneficial, as it helps limit the growth and size of the scar, makes it appear less noticeable, and smoothes the skin. Best results are obtained when the silicone is placed in contact with the scar 24 hours a day, many months at a time. New and long-standing scars, hypertrophic scars and keloids can be treated with silicone gel sheets. Silicone sheets can be customized by cutting them to the size and shape of the scar. Because silicone sheets are generally thin and flexible, they are usually well tolerated while being worn for many hours and local skin irritation rarely occurs. Some of the well-known brands of silicone sheets include Rejuveness and Syprex. Often silicone sheeting products contain vitamin E, which can be effective in reducing the appearance of the scar and smoothing the skin. If the brand you choose contains vitamin E, then you should not use this product during the first two weeks of post-op.

Silicone sheets can be more noticeable in plain view when compared to silicone ointments, yet they can be very effective in scar reduction. Some brands enable you to apply makeup over them. When applying silicone sheets to areas of the face, you may want to choose a brand that comes in a transparent, clear form so that it is not visible to the eye. Moreover, you should choose a brand that either comes in various shapes and sizes in the same product or a brand that will enable you to customize the shape of the sheet so that you can apply it to more tricky scar areas such as those around the ears.

We provide detailed product descriptions for various silicone gels and ointment brands shortly.

How Should I Apply Silicone Sheets?

You should make sure that the wound has closed completely before starting to use this silicone gels and ointments. You do not want silicone to react with an open wound. If your particular brand enables you to use various shapes and sizes of a sheet, or better yet enables you to cut the sheet then you should make sure that the sheet overlaps the scar area by at least one-quarter inch. Begin by washing your hands and then wash the affected scar area. Thereafter, pat the scar area dry with a cotton ball or clean towel and then gently stick the sheets on the scars. A good number of silicone sheet products will provide you with surgical adhesive tape that is placed on top of the silicone sheet to seal it in place under pressure. Furthermore, a good number of brands enable you to wash and reuse the silicone sheet over and over again, provided that you wash the silicone sheet after use with antibacterial soap and let it dry completely until the next use.

When Does One Typically Start & Stop Applying Silicone Sheets?

You should not start using these silicone gel sheets until the wound has closed completely. You can generally use these gels for as long as benefits are noticeable, up to about 4- 6 months. However, you should make sure to read the specific product instructions for each specific gel because the suggested duration for use may vary. If your product contains vitamin E, then you should not use it during the first two weeks of post-op.

How Often Should I Apply Silicone Sheets?

You may want to apply the silicone sheets for 24 hours a day (or as much of your day as possible) during the early phase of scar healing and then reduce the time you wear the sheet as your scar matures. Something to remember is to stock up the sheets that seem to be working for you before you go out of the town and run out because regular use is key to achieve the maximum benefits.

Are There Any Special Precautions To Consider?

You should consult your doctor before using any products that contain silicone because you could possibly be allergic to silicone. If your silicon sheet contains vitamin E, do not use it on your scars during the first 2 weeks of post-op.

Where Can I Get Silicone Sheets?

Silicone sheets may be available from the following sources:

  • Drugstores
  • Specialized pharmacies and stores
  • Internet

The following are some silicone sheet brands that have either been tried, tested and recommended by fellow facelifters, or found through our research and thus may be good additions to your healing journey. If you have any products to recommend, tips, ideas, or any feedback that you would like to share, please email us at producttips@makemeheal.com. Be sure to consult with your doctor about any products that you are considering using during your healing journey.

 

 

 

Silicone Gel Essentials

Kelo-cote

Scar Guard

Scar Fade

Silicone Sheet Essentials

Rejuveness Silicone Sheets

ScarFX Silicone Sheets

Syprex-Scar Sheet

Oleeva Clear and Oleeva Fabric

Note: It is generally recommended to get your doctor's opinion about products that you are considering using during your healing journey.

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