Biodermis FAQs

Biodermis General FAQ

How long will gel sheeting last?

Once gel sheeting has been applied to the scar site, it can be used for 1-2 weeks. When it begins to lose its adhesive qualities, or when surface dirt becomes difficult to remove with proper daily washing, it is time to replace the sheet.

How long do I use Epi-Derm for?

Epi-Derm, Pro-Sil, and Xeragel must be applied for a minimum of 12 hours per day for 8-12 weeks.

Can Biodermis products be used while out in the sun?

Epi-Derm does not have SPF protection; it’s best to remove it before prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Do not use sunblock underneath Biodermis products.

How soon will I see improvement in the appearance of my scar?

Many patients notice improvement within one to two weeks of proper use. However, every scar responds differently and especially older scars may take longer before you notice improvement.

Do any of the Biodermis products work on acne scars?

Patients are reporting impressive results using Pro-Sil for acne scars. They are experiencing reduced redness, as well as a reduction in the severity of pitting, and an overall improvement in the complexion of areas affected by acne scarring.

Can Biodermis products be used on children?

Yes, it is safe and non-toxic and can be used on children.

 

Epi-Derm FAQ

What is the difference between original Epi-Derm and Epi-Derm Natural?

The difference is that original Epi-Derm is a 100% silicone sheet, with no backing. It is tacky on one side only. Epi-Derm Natural is also 100% silicone sheeting, tacky on the side facing the skin, but with a pliable, soft fabric liner designed to act as a protective barrier between the silicone sheet and clothing. This helps prevent the corners of the sheeting from "rolling" up against clothing in certain areas. The fabric liner also provides a visual barrier to hide scars while they are healing.

Is Epi-Derm self-adhesive?

Unlike many other scar products, Epi-Derm is self-adhesive, but you may need to apply Epi-Tape on certain areas of the body.

What is the difference between Biodermis products and others?

Unlike many over the counter scar reduction products, Epi-Derm, Pro-Sil and Xeragel are made of medical grade silicone. Because of the quality and high standards of all Biodermis family of products, it is sold directly to hospitals, burn centers, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other specialists.

How effective is Epi-Derm on older scars?

Clinical studies have shown the newer the scar, the better the results. One such study found a success rate of scar reduction up to 85% on scars under 1 year old, and a rate of about 65% for scars over 10 years old.

With Epi-Derm gel sheets do I also need Pro-Sil or Xeragel?

Pro-Sil and Xeragel are frequently used during the day on exposed scars (facial, hands, elbows, etc.). For 24 hour a day usage, many patients prefer Epi-Derm scar silicone sheets at night when they are at home or sleeping, because a single sheet will last all night.

Will Epi-Derm completely eliminate my scar?

Probably not, nor will any product. Ideal scar management results in a minimising of the height, thickness and/or discoloration of the scar, thus helping flatten, smooth and blend the scar with the surrounding skin, making it far less noticeable.

Are there any complications?

Rarely. However, as with any topical device applied directly to the skin, there is always potential for contact dermatitis (rash). If this occurs, discontinue use of Epi-Derm.

Is it safe?

Yes. Each product has received U.S. FDA clearance and European C.E. mark and is comprised of safe, non-toxic, non-medicated, semi-occlusive silicone gel.

Can I cut the Epi-Derm sheet?

Yes, Epi-Derm scar silicone sheets may be cut into smaller pieces using clean scissors or a knife. The piece of gel sheeting should fully cover the scar and extend 1/4 inch all the way around the scar border.

How should I store the unused Epi-Derm?

Biodermis recommends that you store it in its original packaging at room temperature.

How soon can I start using Epi-Derm?

Epi-Derm can be applied after the sutures have been removed, and the scab is no longer present.

Should I remove the sheeting when I shower, workout or swim?

Yes, it is recommended to remove silicone sheeting for scars when you shower, workout or swim due to the excessive moisture. However, it does not harm the product or your scar.

Can Epi-Derm be used on facial scars?

Yes, Epi-Derm silicone strips work great on facial scars. Frequently, patients choose to use Pro-Sil or Xeragel on facial scars during the day because these products are less noticable, then use Epi-Derm scar silicone sheets at night.

What are keloids and can Epi-Derm help prevent them?

Keloids are the aftereffect of an overgrowth of dense fibrous tissue that usually develops after healing of a skin injury. When a scar is formed, connective tissues or fibers are formed at the site to hold the wound closed. Keloids form when the cells continue to multiply after the wound is filled in. Symptoms may include pigmentation of the skin, discomfort, or an itchy or painful sensation.
Scar treatment therapy options include silicone sheets for keloids, and pressure treatment. Keloids may often be prevented by using a pressure dressing like Epi-Net in conjunction with silicone scar strips over the injury site 24 hours each day. This treatment is most effective after healing of the wound or injury, usually within a month.

What is the difference between Biodermis products and others?

Unlike many over the counter scar reduction products, Epi-Derm, Pro-Sil and Xeragel are made of medical grade silicone. Because of the quality and high standards of all Biodermis family of products, it is sold directly to hospitals, burn centers, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other specialists.

 

Xeragel FAQ

How long does a tube of Xeragel last?

Typically, on a small to mid-sized scar, a tube of Xeragel silicone gel will last roughly two to three weeks.

Can I use Xeragel in conjunction with Epi-Derm?

Xeragel can be used in conjunction with Epi-Derm by alternating the products, but not applied together. Never apply any product under the Epi-Derm Gel Sheeting. For 24 hour a day usage, many patients prefer Epi-Derm gel sheets at night when they are at home or sleeping, because a single sheet will last all night. Xeragel is frequently used during the day on exposed scars (face, hands, elbows, etc.).

Is Xeragel as effective as Epi-Derm?

Yes, both products are equally effective and made from the same silicone compound.

Can Xeragel be used around the eyes or mouth?

Yes, Xeragel silicone gel may be used on scars near the eyes and mouth. However, caution should be used to keep the product from entering these areas.

Can Xeragel be used on children?

Yes, Xeragel can be used on children, under adult supervision. This silicone gel treatment is safe and non-toxic.

 

Pro-Sil FAQ

How long does a tube of Pro-Sil last?

Typically, on a small to mid-sized scar, the tube will last roughly two to three weeks.

Can I use Pro-Sil in conjunction with Epi-Derm?

Pro-Sil can be used in conjunction with Epi-Derm by alternating the products, but not applied together. Never apply any product under the Epi-Derm gel sheeting. For 24 hour a day usage, many patients prefer Epi-Derm gel sheets at night when they are at home or sleeping, because a single sheet will last all night. Pro-Sil is frequently used during the day on exposed scars (face, hands, elbows, etc.). The Pro-Sil stick is easier to apply than an ordinary scar cream, making it even more convenient to treat exposed scars.

Is Pro-Sil as effective as Epi-Derm?

Yes, both products are equally effective and made from the same silicone compound.

Can Pro-Dil be used around the eyes or mouth?

Yes, Pro-Sil silicone may be used on scars near the eyes and mouth. However, caution should be used to keep the product from entering these areas.

Can Pro-Sil be used on children?

Yes, Pro-Sil can be used on children, under adult supervision. This silicone gel treatment is safe and non-toxic.

Why don't you offer Pro-Sil Sport with higher SPF?

Raising the SPF rating requires physically adding more SPF to the formula, thereby reducing the amount of medical-grade silicone in the product. We believe that SPF 15 provides adequate sun protection while maintaining Pro-Sil's scar reducing properties.

Does Pro-Sil help with acne scars?

Patients are reporting impressive results using Pro-Sil for acne scars. They are experiencing reduced redness, as well as a reduction in the severity of pitting, and an overall improvement in the complexion of areas affected by acne scarring.

 

Bio-luminance Hydration Masque FAQ

Will the silicone in BIO-luminance make me break out?

In short, no. BIO-luminance is constructed of medical-grade, silicone gel sheeting, which is completely different than liquid silicone used in makeup and cosmetics. The silicone gel sheeting used in BIO-luminance is the single most effective, topical method for hydrating and oxygenating the skin.
In recent years, makeup and hair products containing silicone have come under scrutiny. Why? Silicone (dimethicone) is a very good filler and smoothing agent when suspended in liquids. It does an amazing job of filling in facial imperfections and allowing makeup to go on smoothly. Many women love the smooth look of silicone based cosmetics, as well as their tendency to look good for longer periods of time. However, this same filling and smoothing characteristic is thought to contribute to clogged pores in a small percentage of women.
Silicone gel sheeting is not a liquid. It is a solid, and therefor cannot "flow," and cannot clog pores. In fact, the sheeting promotes heightened levels of moisture within the pores, contributing to clearer pores. The construction of the sheeting also allows oxygen to penetrate, helping to create the ideal hydration environment for your skin.

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