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Posts for tag: Scar

By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
February 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Microneedling   Silicone   Scar   Vbeam  

    This month the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Journal was devoted to the treatment of scars. The journal covered many high tech treatments like laser but what surprised me most was the excellent improvement noted by many patients with over the counter silicone products.

    It seems a silicone covering traps moisture and provides occlusion which helps prevent new scars but is also effective on older thick scars. The silicone comes in many forms; sheets, gel liquids and ointments with names such as “scar guard” or similar. Products are readily available at CVS, Rite-aid and Amazon. 

    Silicone must be used for several months to achieve optional improvement.

    Thick scars and small Keloids that don’t respond completely to silicone can be treated at our office with intralesional corticosteroid injections, microneedling or pulse dye laser (Vbeam).

    I would suggest that patients try a silicone product for three months and if further improvement is desired schedule a consultation with our office. 

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