What Is It?
Topical silicone treatment involves the application of a silicone-containing gel or gel sheeting on the hypertrophic (raised) scar for at least 12 hours a day, usually for about 2 months. Silicone sheets can be cut to fit the size of the scar. It is suggested that the effect results from hydration of the skin via silicone. Another proposed mechanism of action includes silicone leading to a reduction or transformation of growth factors present in the scar.
Scar Height Reduction
Mean improvement in VSS total score
Mean improvement in VSS pigmentation score
Mean improvement in VSS height score
Mean improvement in VSS pliability score
Mean improvement in VSS vascularity score
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