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Silicone scar sheets vs. Micropore tape

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Silicone scar sheets vs. Micropore tape

Postby Make_Me_Heal_Team » Fri May 09, 2008 11:33 am

Hello everyone,

We’ve noticed that quite a few people are wondering if micropore tape or similar adhesive tape can be an effective substitute to silicone scar sheets to help improve the appearance of a scar. We went and did some research, as certainly if this is a worthy therapy for scars we’d want to offer it in our Scar Healing Shop. We currently offer silicone and hydrogel scar sheets at our Plastic Surgery Shop. After doing research and talking with enough specialists in the field, we have concluded that silicone scar sheets remains the only FDA-supported therapy for scars and that any improvement from using micropore tape is temporary and can also lead to negative effects if used long-term. It is likely that those of you who had their scar heal with the micropore tape would have healed regardless of its use and that the benefits you perceived were just incidental but not due to the tape. Using cocoa butter or rubbing olive oil, for example, would have had the same results with such patients. However, scar sheets would have likely sped up the healing and resulted in the most optimal scar appearance.

Here are the findings:

Silicone has a long clinical history of safety and efficacy for the management of surgery scars, hypertrophic and keloid scars. The molecular composition of silicone has a parallel position as one of the most inert biological materials known to man. This biological association with the skin minimizes the irritation typically seen in other none silicone devices. Further, silicone is supported by a plethora of clinical studies that demonstrate it's ability to increase the production of collagen through a homeostasis mechanism. Also, the semi-occlusive nature of the silicone material is one of the only proven embodiment of hydration production, thus resulting in the fibrous reduction of the scar and the return of normal pallor to the skin.

Conversely, cyanoacrylate backed adhesive sheets, micropore tapes, and encapsulation devices are a counter intuitive treatment modality for scar management. Adhesives are typically none semi occlusive and too constrictive to produce the required hydration production necessary in the homeostasis environment. As a matter of fact, constrictive adhesive matter have a counter productive reaction to the skin and increases the occurrence of contact dermatitis. There is consistent warnings and cautions from various adhesive manufacturers for the prolonged use of these materials directly to the skin. The use of these adhesive tapes may demonstrate a temporary positive result to some patients, but it may prove risky in the long term.

In closing, the majority of clinical data submitted through the FDA supports the efficacy of silicone for the management of scars. Adhesive tapes, on the other hand, are not typically recognized by the FDA for this regimen.

Silicone scar sheets are fairly economical and the price advantage of some micropore tapes is not enough to warrant using it compared to potential negative effects of using it long-term and the superior benefits of silicone scar sheets and their long term efficacy.

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Re: Silicone scar sheets vs. Micropore tape

Postby greymatter » Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:29 pm

Thanks for posting/sharing
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