With any surgery comes scars. Scarring is one of the biggest concerns for any patient having plastic or cosmetic surgery. However, no need to worry! Modern day scar gels and creams are able to greatly reduce the appearance of any scarring. But what should you be looking for? What scar gels or creams are better than others? It’s actually an ingredient you should be looking for – silicone. It’s this clever little ingredient that makes most scar gels successful and Stratpharma have created all their scar gels around this one ingredient. Silicone is the key – what should you look for in a scar gel?
What is silicone and why does it work?
Without getting too technical or scientific silicone gel is an elastomer (a natural or synthetic polymer with elastic properties) that has been mixed with silicone dioxide. We hear you… we got technical! Stop with the science talk. Basically silicone works like this:
- Increases hydration
- Regulates fibroblast production (fibroblasts are cells that synthesize collagen and produce the structure and framework for the tissue of the cells which create a critical role in wound healing)
- Protects the scarring tissues from bacteria and subsequent excessive collagen that can form because of bacteria
- Softens and flattens raised scars
- Relieves the itching and discomfort associated with scars
- Reduces redness and discolouration
- Prevents abnormal and excessive scar formation
Statpharma has several products for various stages of scars including Stratagel, Stratamark, Strataderm and Stratamed. Learn more about each of them here.
Most of them work as silicone gels that are applied in a thin layer to affected skin. The silicone gel is a self-drying, transparent and flexible gel that adheres to the skin and works it’s magic to minimise the appearance of the scar/s.
Lynne Charisis from Stratpharma explained to us how it works. “It’s important after surgery to start your scar management right from the time of the surgery. That way you minimise any impact in terms of abnormal scarring, as well as get the best scar outcome. Tapes are often used by surgeons to put pressure over the incision. What they can do, though, is as soon as you introduce something with an adhesive on the back of it, then you run the risk of having an allergic reaction to that adhesive. Lots of patients have allergic reactions to them.
You want to use something that is going to have the minimal impact in terms of adverse reactions, allergies and those sorts of things. And silicone is actually an ingredient that does that. It’s very uncommon for anyone to have a reaction to silicone. But what silicone does, is it helps soften and flatten and keep the skin hydrated and moist so that it’s in the right environment to heal faster. And while it heals faster, you get a better scar outcome. And that’s why you want to start it right from the start, so you don’t have a gap where the skin’s not healing as fast as possible, and can impact the scar outcome that you have.”
If you’d like to learn more about the Stratpharma silicone gels check out the blogs below, or if you’d like to purchase their products head to our shop.