There are numerous Silicone Gel Scar Treatment products available today. But do they really work? Until relatively recently, very little reliable scientific data existed to explain how silicone gels work on scars. Many so called studies were conducted, demonstrating via before and after photos, that silicone gel did indeed reduce the size and appearance of scars. But no mechanism of action was discussed, and more importantly no hard data existed to document the effectiveness. Many theories were proposed which included static electricity, pressure, capillary shrinking and inhibition of certain cellular growth or fibroblast regulating enzymes, called cytokines.
More recently, there have been a number of organized medical studies done on Silicone Gel Scar Treatment products. One such study at Stanford University Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery havs demonstrated positive changes in levels of scar regulating growth hormones. Even though the mechanism of action is still being discovered, it is now widely accepted by Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons and other physicians around the world that Silicone Gels are very helpful in reducing the appearance of scars and redness of the skin. To view the results of this study and several others, visit our Scientific Studies page.