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Scar management topical silicone gel

Silicone gel has been shown to be effective in the management of scar tissue, with scars noted to become softer, flatter and paler following use. It is not yet fully understood how the silicone gel works although it is thought that it helps to rehydrate and therefore add moisture to the scar to improve the appearance and texture.

Effects are not usually immediate, however with regular use benefits are usually noted after several weeks.

There are several different types of gel. Your therapist will advise on the best product for you. It can be used alone to treat small areas of scarring or alongside pressure garments or splints.

Instructions for use

  1. Massage the scar with a gentle moisturiser
  2. Apply a thin layer of silicone gel
  3. Leave to dry
  4. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day and after bathing
  5. Wipe the area clean with mild soap before reapplication to prevent a build-up of products on the skin

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Please take the accompanying letter to your GP who should be able to provide you with a prescription to get a larger tube.

Important information

If a reaction occurs (such as increased redness, itching, rash, pain or swelling) stop using the gel and allow the irritation to settle. Contact your occupational therapist for further instruction. If you do not have any problems, continue to use your gel as advised until your next review. If you lose your gel or have any other concerns please inform your occupational therapist.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: OT20

Resource Type: Article

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