Scars are formed as part of the normal healing process. Normal skin is composed of a microscopic basket weave of collagen, whereas a scar is formed from a cross linking in one direction only, causing a raised and often discolored area.
Whether you have them from an injury, Caesarean Section, acne, surgical, burns, or other reason, they have many common properties, and can thus be treated in a similar fashion. Silicone scar patches have been used effectively for scar reduction since the early 1980's. The use of a Silicone Patch over the scar has been shown to reduce the texture, color, and height of scars by a significant amount for hypertrophic and keloid scars.*Definition Below.
Silicone helps scar reduction in the following ways:
Using a Silicone Scar Patch is rather simple:
1. Cut the patch slightly larger than the scar and stick it over the scar. The patches are self adhesive.
2. Wash the patch 2 times per day with a mild soap such as baby shampoo, dry it with a cloth (not paper) and re-apply.
A patch can be used for up to 2 months following this procedure. Use the patch for as long as you see improvement. It is recommended to use the patches during the coolest months of the year to avoid discomfort or irritation from sweating. They can be applied as early as 5-10 days of wound closure and any time thereafter. If you find you are allergic to silicone, this technique is not for you.
Results are relatively slow, but the effort needed is little. The longer your wear the patch, the faster the results. 60-90 days is recommended. But remember, the results are permanent!
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*Definitions of Scar Types:
A hypertrophic scar is a cutaneous condition characterized by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen which gives rise to a raised scar, but not to the degree observed with keloids. Like keloids, they form most often at the sites of pimples, body piercings, cuts and burns. They often contain nerves and blood vessels. They generally develop after thermal or traumatic injury that involves the deep layers of the dermis and express high levels of TGF-β.
|Bulky keloid forming at the site of abdominal surgery|
Keloid, also known as keloid disorder and keloidal scar, is the formation of a type of scar which, depending on its maturity, is composed mainly of either type III (early) or type I (late) collagen. It is a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue (collagen type 3) at the site of a healed skin injury which is then slowly replaced by collagen type 1. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to the color of the person's skin or red to dark brown in color. A keloid scar is benign and not contagious, but sometimes accompanied by severe itchiness, pain, and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. Keloid scars are seen 15 times more frequently in people of African descent than in people of European descent.
Keloids should not be confused with hypertrophic scars, which are raised scars that do not grow beyond the boundaries of the original wound.