What is it?
Silicone gel is a clear jelly like sheet which is applied directly to problem scars. It is held in place using tape, tubigrip or pressure garments.
How Does It Work?
Silicone gel produces a constant even pressure on the scar and keeps it moist. This results in the scar becoming...
- Paler in colour.
- More flexible like normal skin.
Silicone gel should be gradually "introduced" to the skin. Initially 1 hour at a time to check for any redness or itching (reaction similar to heat rash). Ideally silicone gel should be in use for 23 hours a day and may be used for several months.
Gel sheets should be looked after as if it were skin. It should be washed at night with a mild soap, rinsed in clean warm water and patted dry with a clean towel. When not in use the gel should always be kept in the foam 'sandwich' or the accompanying packaging.
Each gel sheet should last about three weeks or until it becomes opaque and tom at the edges.
When the silicone gel sheet begins to break down it should be replaced. The breakdown process may occur quicker if the scar treated is situated over a joint or in an area subject to constant abrasion.
In a small number of patients treated an allergy rash on the skin covered by the gel has been observed. This has been due to either poor hygiene or when the gradual 'introduction' of the gel is not observed.
Should a rash appear, gel should be removed and your physiotherapist or doctor should be contacted immediately.
Other Scar Treatment
After bathing or washing you should massage your scar by using a light cream such as Sorbolene or Lanolin and spend several minutes pressing down on the scar making small circular movements -this will also help to soften and flatten the scar.