Silicone sheeting is a noninvasive treatment option for scars. Silicone sheets can be applied to the skin, immediately after a wound is healed.
Benefits of Silicone Sheet Scar Treatment
Silicone sheeting is a noninvasive treatment option for scars. Silicone sheets can be applied to the skin, immediately after a wound is healed. By increasing the temperature and hydration of a scar, silicone sheets can often soften and flatten a raised scar. This helps reduce the size and appearance of hypertrophic or keloid scars that can result from surgical procedures, skin injuries and burns. For optimal results, the sheets should be worn daily for 12 weeks.
Silicone sheet treatment has many benefits including the ability to:
• Reduce the size and color of existing hypertrophic scars
• Increase skin elasticity
• Minimize the formation of new scars when applied to a closed wound
• Deceases collagen production and inflammatory cell production that attribute to scar tissue formation
• Increase and maintain skin hydration
Currently, there are many over-the-counter silicone sheet products, including options from Band-Aid and CURAD. Unlike adhesive bandages, silicone sheets do not pull out hair or leave a silica residue. Furthermore, the sheet can be reused even after a shower. They are thin, transparent, and waterproof. Silicone sheets are also safe for all age groups.
Content reviewed by Dr. Lili Shiabu, MD
Last updated: 01-Feb-10