Keloid and Hypertrophic Scar Treatment
Since the 1980s, hypertrophic and keloid scars have been successfully diminished by either silicone sheet or silicone gel treatment.
Many papers (referenced below) demonstrate the effectiveness of silicone treatment, yet the exact mechanism that delivers the benefits has yet to be determined.
It is believed that silicone treatment delivers partial occlusion and rehydration of the skin, leading toreduction of scar size and prominence.
The picture on the right shows a keloid scar
Relevant References to scar treatment
1. BMJ 2004;328:1329-1330 (5 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7452.1329
2. Mercer N.S.G. SILICONE GEL IN THE TREATMENT OF KELOID SCARS British Journ. of Plastic Surgery (United Kingdom), 1989, 42/1 (83, 87)
3. Hirshowitz, B. et al SILICONE OCCLUSIVE SHEETING (S0S) IN THE MANAGEMENT OF
HYPERTROPHIC SCARRING, INCLUDING THE POSSIBLE MODE OF ACTION OF SILICONE
(1993) Europ. Journ. of Plastic Sugery, 16:5-9
4. Kirn T.F. SILICONE GEL APPEARS INEXPLICABLY TO FLATTEN & LIGHTEN HYPERTROPHIC
SCARS FROM BURNS JAMA (United States) May 12, 1989, 261 (18) p2600
5. Sproat, Janet E. et al, HYPERTROPHIC STERNAL SCARS: SILICONE GEL SHEET VERSUS KENALOG INJECTION TREATMENT (1991) Plastic and Reconstructive Surg., Vol. 90, No. 6