Influence of silicone on abnormal scarring

Plast Surg Nurs. Apr-Jun 2006;26(2):87-92. doi: 10.1097/00006527-200604000-00010.


The problem of scarring represents a large area of an unmet medical need, since people with abnormal skin scarring may face physical and psychological consequences that may be associated with substantial emotional and financial costs. To date, treatment options are to leave the scar alone or use invasive or noninvasive management. Silicone is the key in noninvasive management, with the following overall results reported: great improvement of the scar appearance, easy to apply, painless, and almost free of side effects. When analyzing all presented results in this research sample, it becomes obvious that they are mainly based on subjective, not well-defined scar assessment by the individual without comparison to controls or rating against validated scores and therefore lacking real scientific or evidence-based criteria.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Bandages
  • Cicatrix / classification
  • Cicatrix / etiology
  • Cicatrix / prevention & control*
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Keloid / classification
  • Keloid / etiology
  • Keloid / prevention & control*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Patient Selection
  • Silicone Gels / pharmacology
  • Silicone Gels / therapeutic use*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Silicone Gels