Silicone and Scar Management

How does Silicone Improve Scars?
Scars need an ideal healing environment, meaning the appropriate balance of moisture and maximum exposure to oxygen.

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Formation

When the skin is injured, it goes into overdrive to heal itself. When this happens, the bodies healing mechanisms will often "over correct" resulting in an excessive production of collagen that can lead to abnormal scarring.

During the formation of scars, the epidermal layers of the skin will produce high levels of moisture in an attempt to hydrate the scar site. However, most of this moisture evaporates once it reaches the stratum corneum, or upper layer of the skin. This moisture loss triggers keratinocytes in the skin to produce collagen. Left unchecked, excessive collagen production can lead to abnormal scarring.

 

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Management

Silicone fully encapsulates the scar site, meaning that it completely covers the treatment site for even distribution of necessary moisture (hydration), and maximum exposure to oxygen. Although the entire site is covered, silicone is semipermeable, allowing oxygen to enter while maintaining necessary moisture. This is called "homeostasis," otherwise known as an ideal healing environment.

This ideal healing environment at the stratum corneum signals keratinocytes to scale back the production of collagen, thereby preventing abnormal scarring.

 

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Improvement

Properly hydrated and oxygenated skin allows surrounding healthy tissue to better blend with scar tissue, resulting in a scar that is more natural in color, softer, and flatter overall. Use as directed can dramatically reduce the appearance of scars. Silicone scar treatment in all forms (sheets, ointments, sticks) normalizes collagen synthesis, and reduces irritation and redness. The end result is a smoother, flatter scar and skin with a more natural palor. Silicone is completely non-toxic, safe and easy to use, even on sensitive skin and on children. Silicone is the best option for treating old and new scars.

 

 

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