Silicone gel for scar management
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- Silicone gel is used to help soften scars.
- It should only be used on well-healed burns or grafts.
- Occasionally mild skin reactions such as rashes do occur with use.
- There are a number of silicone products available.
- Your therapist will discuss with you the most appropriate product for your scar.
What happens if you have a skin reaction?
- Stop using the silicone gel.
- Contact your occupational therapist or physiotherapist as soon as possible.
- They can advise a modified regime once the skin reaction has settled.
Dos and don’ts when wearing the gel
- Do not apply moisturiser to the scar prior to the use of gel.
- It creates a layer between your skin and the silicone and reduces the effect of the gel.
- Moisturiser can be applied after the gel is removed.
- Do not wear gel in the shower or when swimming and keep gel away from heat.
Caring for your silicone gel sheet
- Wash daily in a mild non-oily soap solution and rinse in clean warm water.
- Air dry and reapply to the clean dry scar area.
- Avoid using paper products for drying as they may stick to the silicone.
- Between use, store silicone in a plastic bag or container with a plastic backing sheet.