Scarfix vs. the Competition
Scarfix Is a unique system, consisting of two products (gel and silicone sheet) designed to work in synergy.
Scarfix Uses polyurethane, the best medical grade silicone on the market. Polyurethane has been tested for its softness, flexibility and efficacy in combating scars, hypertrophies and keloids. Scarfix silicone sheeting results from technology, allowing it to be used both in major burn centers (hospitals) and cosmetic surgery.
Scarfix Has developed an exceptional dermo-repair gel that calms irritations, softens skin and optimize the effect of the silicone sheet.
Scarfix Applying the gel and the silicone sheet flattens, smoothes and lightens the scar.
Scarfix Normally a single Scarfix silicone sheet suffices for the duration of the treatment.
A) Limited-use silicone sheet (3 to 30 days).
B) Not all silicone sheeting is medical grade.
C) Silicone sheet a great deal thinner. Occlusion principle deficient. Results much less spectacular. Length of treatment increased.
D) Silicone sheet in one size only.
E) Repeated purchases result in higher costs to consumer.
F) No dermo-repair gel to optimize the effectiveness of silicone sheet.
Are there other techniques to eliminate scars?
· Laser treatment is effective and requires a similar time span as does Scarfix. However, laser treatment is much more expensive, with the average cost in excess of 1,000$ (100$ to 150$ per visit).
· Scars can also be treated with steroid injections, but this procedure is long and very painful.
· Use of micro dermabrasion smoothes out the surface of scars, but fails to eliminate scar tissue . This method requires several sessions and costs can be high - in excess of 1,000$ (100$ to 150$ per visit).
· AHA , glycolic acid and vitamin A, used in exfoliation treatments, are more or less aggressive (this is especially true of glycolic acid and vitamin A). When performed by a medical doctor, these treatments can lead to good results. However, procedures can be long and uncomfortable, due to a burning sensation, and result in an unaesthetic appearance.
ARTICLES MÉDICAUX SUR LES BIENFAITS DES FEUILLES DE SILICONE Gold MH, Foster TD, Adair MA, Burlison K , Lewis T.
Gold Skin Care Center , Nashville , Tennessee 37215 , USA . BACKGROUND:
Topical silicone gel sheeting has been used for more than 20 years to help reduce the size of hypertrophic scars and keloids. Its clinical efficacy and safety is well established. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether topical silicone gel sheeting can be used to prevent hypertrophic scars and keloids from forming following dermatologic skin surgery. METHODS: Patients undergoing skin surgery were stratified into two groups: those with no history of abnormal scarring (low-risk group) and those with a history of abnormal scarring (high-risk group). Following the procedure, patients within each group were randomized to receive either routine postoperative care or topical silicone gel sheeting (48 hours after surgery). Patients were followed for 6 months. RESULTS: In the low-risk group, there were no statistical differences between individuals using routine postoperative care or using topical silicone gel sheets. In the high-risk group, there was a statistical difference (39% versus 71%) between patients who did not develop abnormal scars and used topical silicone gel sheeting and patients who developed abnormal scars after routine postoperative treatment. Those individuals having a scar revision procedure also showed a statistical difference if topical silicone gel sheeting was used following surgery. CONCLUSION: Topical silicone gel sheeting, with a 20-year history of satisfaction in dermatology, now appears to be useful in the prevention of hypertrophic scars and keloids in patients undergoing scar revision.
Ahn ST, Monafo WW, Mustoe TA.
Topical silicone gel for the prevention and treatment of hypertrophic scar.
Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis , Mo 63110 . We studied the effects of a silicone gel bandage that was worn for at least 12 hours daily on the resolution of hypertrophic burn scar. In a second cohort, the prevention of hypertrophic scar formation in fresh surgical incisions by this bandage was also evaluated. In 19 patients with hypertrophic burn scars, elasticity of the scars was quantified serially with the use of an elastometer. An adjacent or mirror-image hypertrophic burn scar served as a control. Scar elasticity was increased after both 1 and 2 months compared with that in controls. There was corresponding improvement clinically that persisted for at least 6 months. In the other cohort, scar volume changes in 21 surgical incisions were measured before and after 1 and 2 months. Gel-treated incisions gained less volume than control incisions after both intervals. Clinical assessment corroborated this quantitative demonstration of a decrement in scar volume. We concluded that topical silicone gel is efficacious, both in the prevention and in the treatment of hypertrophic scar.