Post # 1
I have some scars that I really want to go away. Most of them are white scars that are a bit raised. I had revision surgery on one that was a lot worse and now will have a scar about 4 inches long. It is still bandaged up and I am using compression on it but I am wondering on the best way to minimize the appearance after its healed.
Has anybody used silicone sheets on surgery scars or deeper scars? I looked online but the reviews seem to contradict one another on what type and brand is better. It seems that this is the most recomended option.
I would appreciate any advice on this and personal reviews of products.
Post # 3
Our little girl had a bunch of surgeries when she was a baby. Since then, we’ve been using Dermatix silicone gel on her scars. The scars that resulted from surgeries where she was opened, then closed a few hours later, are much lighter since we started using the gel. However, her larger ones, where she had long term tubes etc inserted in her chest/sides, are still quite prominent. I’m assuming those ones will always be there. The gel is expensive, though (in my opinion) – here it’s $55 Canadian for a 15g tube (which lasts a few months for us).
I guess this probably didn’t really help, but it might be worth trying. I’m intruiged by the sheets – I didn’t know about them.
Post # 4
Generally, once scars are white they have faded as much as they are going to. They don’t “go away.” When I had breast reduction surgery, I did use silicone strips on them for a few months. They were from my doctors office so I can’t give you a brand name. I’m sure they helped, but once a scar is there, it doesn’t go away. You MUST keep it out of sunlight while it’s healing. Band aids, SPF, you name it.
Post # 5
I had to get some cancerous spots surgically removed from my face and was really worried about scarring. I went to a plastic surgeon to stitch me up and he gave me advise to reduce it. I wore a silicon patch over the scar at night. I kept that up for about a month (you can reuse them) but then, for some reason, my skin started to get really irritated by it so I stopped. He also recommended scar esthetic scar cream to apply a few times daily. I loved the cream and it was really refreshing and cooling on my scar. My scars turned out very minimal and faint though not completely invisible. Hope that helps andfeel free to pm me if you have any questions!
Post # 6
@ms.christmas_deer: do you remember the brand of the cream and silicone patch you used?
Post # 7
There are a lot of “scar lotions” out there but most of them are just to get you to massage the scar and breakdown adhesion formation. There is some good information on massage therapy specifically for scar management after the wound is healed. It might be worth looking into.
Post # 8
@teabiscuit: Yeah, both of them were by Scar Heal. If you go to http://www.scarheal.com you can see their products. I used the scar fx silicone sheeting and Scar esthetique cream. I don’t know if it’s any better than anything else on the market but it’s what I got through my surgeon so it’s what I used! I used it pretty soon after my surgery but my doctor said it would help with old scars too. Im trying it on a big scar if mine to see! Like futureboo said, the rubbing really helps break down the bumpiness of the scar as well. If its a really bad scar or starts to keloid, you can ask you doctor about a possible cortisone shot in the scar to help it break down.
Post # 9
I used the silicone sheets on my large deep scar when the incision was still fresh and pink. It was incredible. Now I have a very thin white hairline. I’m pretty pleased with it. I also got the sheeting from a plastic surgeon. It had an antibiotic built in too, so it was very good. I also second another poster…sunscreen is great and very important. After the scar has “aged”, you can tan it.
Definitely get the silicone sheeting in my opinion, and as soon as you can. There is nothing like it. If you can, consult with a plastic surgeon. I went in after my surgery and told them it was just because I wanted them to look at my incision and make recommendations. They gave me the silicone gel sheets. I wore them about 20 out of 24 hours a day.
When I want it to really blend in (like for our wedding), I use a tanning bed. I KNOW I KNOW. But 2 mins in a tanning bed will tan my very old scar, and sitting out in the sun won’t.