Scar Reduction Silicone Sheets & Hydrogel Sheets
How Can Silicone Sheets & Hydrogel Sheets Benefit My Healing Journey?
The Scar Reduction Sheets aisle of the Store features various types of scar reduction sheets, namely sheets made of silicone as well as hydrogel sheets that are water-based. Scar reduction silicone sheets and hydrogel (water-based) sheets help reduce the scar size, thickness, height, and color of all types of scars, including new and old scars, post-surgery scars, keloids, hypertrophic scars, and other scar types caused by injury, trauma, and burns. By flattening, softening, smoothing, and blending the scar with surrounding healthy skin, these soft, breathable silicone sheets and hydrogel sheets helps make the scar far less noticeable. These scar sheets are made of a soft, comfortable, and highly flexible material that can be easily cut to fit any scar size and can be used on almost any location of the body. For fresh scars, scar reduction products should only be applied after wounds have fully closed.
The main benefit of scar sheeting compared to scar healing gels and ointments is that silicone sheets and hydrogel sheets put direct pressure on the scar that is beneficial to minimizing scar appearance, whereas a scar ointment or gel does not put pressure on the scar. In contrast to scar gels, scar sheets are easier and more convenient to apply and use day to day because they are not greasy, do not stain, and do not stick to clothes. It should be noted that some patients will actually use both scar gels and scar sheets on their scars, using the scar gel during the day when treating scar areas that are exposed when they are out in public and then switching to the scar sheet when they are in the privacy of their own home. This combination is an ideal way to maximize the effectiveness of scar reduction solutions without disrupting one’s lifestyle. You can view a wide array of Scar Reduction Creams &Gels in the Make Me Heal Store.
How Do Silicone Sheets Work?
While the exact mechanism of action of silicone sheeting is not confirmed, various suggestions have been made, including increased pressure, hydration, oxygen tension, and the presence of silicone in the local environment due to the application of silicone sheets. Silicone sheets produce a static electric field (resulting from friction of the silicone material) that might have an effect on wound healing.
How Do Hydrogel (water-based) Sheets Work?
Hydrogel sheets use the high heat capacity of water to ensure that the covered skin maintains a continuous elevation of skin temperature, which is an essential element in scar reduction. The water bound in the hydrogel creates a supersaturated environment for the covered skin, and ensure that the skin is optimally hydrated for scar healing. This increased healing activity allows the hydrogel to obtain optimal scar healing in 12-18 hours per day.
Can Scar Reduction Sheets Be Used Together With Scar Creams?
Scar sheets can be used together with scar creams, as some patients will, for example, use the scar gel during the day when treating scar areas that are exposed when they are out in public and then switch to the scar sheet when they are in the privacy of their own home. This combination is an ideal way to maximize the effectiveness of scar reduction solutions without disrupting one’s lifestyle.
Why silicone sheeting only last weeks and/or months?
The product life is generally 25-90 days (depending on the manufacturer/brand); not because the product breaks down but because bodily oils and fabric fibers attach to the tacky side of the silicone. The silicone sheet does not lose its effectiveness however, it may need to be reinforced with some medical paper tape. From attaching, removing and reattaching the silicone is handled a lot and may tear a bit on the outer edges from handling. If the silicone is carefully cared for and the patient does not have oily skin or never sweats, it can last longer. The silicone remains effective even when the tackiness wears off.
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