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How did I get this Scar?

 

Scars can happen as a result of any injury or trauma to the skin. The injury to the skin can be as a result from a burn, laceration, abrasion, surgery, piercings, vaccinations, or any other occurrence where the skin is broken open. Scar tissue replaces the injured tissue as the result of proliferation of fibroblasts in the wound. Fibroblasts are specialized cells that produce collagen, a tough fibrous and inelastic protein. The Collagen fills and closes the wound in a normally irreversible process known as scar formation.

What type of scar do I have?

 

Not all scars are the same. A keloid or hypertrophic scar is a permanent, dense mark, with characteristics more extreme than a normal scar formation. Both Keloid and Hypertrophic scars rise above skin level, but the most notable difference between the two is that hypertrophic scars do not extend beyond the original site of the skin injury, while keloid scars typically extend out beyond the original wound area.
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History of Scar Scar with Silicone Gels

 

Silicone gel sheeting was first used for hypertrophic burn scars in 1983. Since then, several randomized, clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of silicone gel sheeting in flattening and reducing the stiffness and discoloration of hypertrophic and keloid scars. In 1997, Spectrum Designs, Inc. formulated and received FDA 510K clearance to manufacture Spectragel®. In 2002, the International Advisory Panel on Scar Management recommended silicone gel sheeting as an evidence-based treatment for scar modification. Many companies offer similar silicone scar products. It is important to note that many of those products may have many fillers, that help them reduce the cost of the product, while tricking you into thinking that additives will help your scar heal faster or better. The ONLY ingredient that matters in the product is the silicone content. Spectrum Designs, Inc. has produced the same high quality Silicone products, which are FDA 510K cleared, with medical grade silicone, since 1997. Now, 20 years later, we are still producing Spectragel® and Spectrafilm® with the same 100% Medical Grade Polysiloxane, because that’s the only thing that really matters when it comes to Silicone Scar gel products.

So….How does Silicone Work on Scars?

 

There are two types of silicone products formulated to work on scars. The first is a Silicone Sheet, such as Spectrafilm® which is a sheet of specially formulated silicone, which will adhere to your skin like a bandage. The second is a Silicone Scar Gel, which is formulated to spread onto your skin. The Silicone Scar Gel, such as Spectragel® is self drying, and will form into an ultra-thin sheet on your skin, working 24 hours per day. Both products work in the same manner, and use the same mechanism to flatten and reduce discoloration of scar tissue. Spectragel® and Spectrafilm® act as a barrier to greatly decrease the release of moisture from the skin. The increased moisture in the skin creates an optimum environment for less fibroblast production, and the Collagen banding in the scar loosens to permit flattening. The visual prominence is then diminished.

Will my scar disappear completely?

 

A Scar is a permanent marking of the skin. Spectragel® and Spectrafilm® products are not designed to completely remove a scar – there is no product on the market that will do this. What Spectragel® and Spectrafilm® will do is effectively reduce the coloration and the raised effect of the scar. These products have also been shown to ease pain and itchiness associated with keloid and hypertrophic scars.

Can I use these products to Prevent a scar from forming?

 

Yes, Spectragel® and Spectrafilm® can be used prophylactically to help retard the formation of scars. The use of the products is recommended, especially when a person has a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars. Please note that these products should not be used on an open wound. After the Injury to the skin has closed, Spectragel® or Spectrafilm® can be safely used, and should usually be used about 8 weeks to prevent the scar from forming.

How long should I use Spectragel® or Spectrafilm® products?

 

You should use Spectragel® or Spectrafilm® a minimum of 8 weeks, to a maximum of 24 weeks for chronic Keloid and Hypertrophic scars that have been present for 3 months or longer.

Spectragel® PID

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Spectragel®2Q PID

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Spectrafilm® PID

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