A ScarAway Silicone Gel Review
I have used medical grade, doctor-approved silicone scar sheets myself. (Silicones are the only over the counter treatment proven with over 20 years of studies to work to flatten and fade old scars and help prevent thickened scars.)
The sheets I used were of an European brand of which the quality can be compared with that of ScarAway sheets. I created a write-up on my experiences with silicone scar treatment where I recommend ScarAway.
A visitor of this review page informed me about how she tried various silicone sheet brands which made her aware of the many differences between them.
She notes: “there are very distinct differences in the types, thicknesses and material that cause each one to be a whole different experience. Some are thick, some are thin, some are clear and some are opaque. Some are fabric, some have a plastic or polyurethane outer layer on the silicone, and some have a fabric backing.”
Because there are so many different brands to choose from choosing the right one be very confusing. That’s why she had an in-depth conversation with her plastic surgeon. Here’s what she informed me about the conversation with her surgeon:
Make sure to use breathable silicones “It is important that the material baking on the silicone is breathable. Silicone fabric types with a baking that does not allow the transfer of oxygen should be avoided. Do not use the cheaper “tape” types that don’t breath which can cause skin maceration.
Definition: The softening and breaking down of skin resulting from prolonged exposure to moisture. The skin softens, turns white, and can easily get infected with bacteria or fungi. This type of problem can cause more scarring or widening of the scar.”
Avoid the use of sheets that are too sticky. “I was baffled by this as I see a complaint of users of silicone sheet products is that they don’t stick real well by themselves and roll off after a period of time, etc. Some sheets are not made to be self adhering at all ..more like a piece of rubber, but those buckle even under medical tape.
My surgeon explained that a proper silicone sheet should never produce a severe pulling on your scar. If it is too sticky, there is the potential to further damage the new skin, or even open a delicate healing area. in general, he said the ideal sheet would be sticky enough to help you position it on the scar, and use a medical tape..cotton or silk, to secure further if necessary…but stickier does not equate to more effective.”
Thin silicone sheets vs thick silicone gel pads “Thinner sheets with a compact layer of silicone are more comfortable and more “durable” which means they do not break down and you get more use out of them. The thicker “gel” type pads get dirt, etc embedded in them which is not sanitary when sealing to your skin for hours each day. He advised against a thick gel type pad. The thinner “sheet type” can be washed cleanly. So which ones are which out there on the market?
The only silicone scar treatment product that has the breathable fabric AND the thin washable medical grade silicone in one is the expensive sheets through your surgeon and the new ScarAway sheets. He gave me a coupon for $2.00 off ScarAway at Walgreens.
I have also found them online at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com. So, I will journey on using ScarAway sheets. Like you do, my surgeon recommended using the sheets at night and the ScarAway 100% Silicone Serum during the day. I know this is long..it took my doctor 45 minutes to explain it all to me. I hope this is helpful to all and answers the many question out there about silicone scar treatments.”
If you have any questions regarding silicone scar sheets, ScarAway, or scar treatment in general don’t hesitate to ask me by leaving a comment. There are also many questions and answers on the silicone scar treatment page I was talking about. Thanks again for sharing this in-depth information Laura!
ScarAway makes three types of scar treatment products. These include;
- Silicone Scar Sheets,
- C-Section Scar Sheets,
- and Diminishing Serum.
ScarAway can be used by anyone who has an unsightly scar in which they would like to get rid of and it does not matter how old or new the scar is. However, results are better when treatment is started as soon as possible.
ScarAway works by either shrinking scars or flattening raised scars like keloids. ScarAway has previously been available only through hospitals, burn centers, and plastic surgeons. Nowadays ScarAway, with the same medical-grade quality used by medical facilities, is available for purchase by consumers.
Scaraway C-Section Strips are the same size as most c-section incision scars. ScarAway sheets are smaller than the C-section sheets. These sheets are perfect for smaller scars. They also offer longer sheets for bigger scars. These measure 7″ X 1.5″.
Both types of sheets deliver a slight pressure directly to the scar which helps simulate the natural barrier function of healthy skin. This process will help to reduce the scar’s appearance and restores skin to a more natural texture and color. Both types of sheets can be used on all skin types. The sheets are ultra-thin so they will be hardly noticeable. The sheets are also breathable and durable. Each sheet will last for approximately one week. You can even remove the sheets for bathing or showering and then reapply. This way, you will definitely get the full use of each sheet.
ScarAway also has a serum which will soften and smooth scars. ScarAway Serum is perfect for hard to treat areas such as the face, neck, ears, hands, and other parts of the body that are exposed to the public eye. ScarAway is proven effective and the results can be seen in 12 weeks.