Silicone gel – the choice of plastic surgeons worldwide [1]

Clinical treatment options for both hypertrophic and keloid scars include surgery and scar-injected steroids, both of which can be very painful. The number of options available for consumers to purchase over the counter can at first be confusing.


However, it is important to know that very few products have actually been clinically proven to make a difference to your scar. [1]

Silicone gel dramatically improves scars – recommended by leading specialists worldwide[1]


A publication[1] by the International Advisory Panel on Scar Management, a group of skin specialists, recommended the use of Silicone Gel for the treatment of a wide variety of scars. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have used Silicone Gel as an effective treatment for scars for many years.[2]

Which types of scars is Dermatix® most suitable for?

Dermatix® is suitable for scars resulting from surgery, accidents, burns, and other injuries.


Post-surgical scars

Dermatix® is most effective in the early treatment of scars resulting from surgery, burns and other injuries (prevention phase). This includes scars from caesarean operations, breast surgery, cosmetic surgery, maxillofacial surgery and other surgical procedures.


Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars are usually raised, red and can be painful or itchy. They usually occur following burns and are found to be more common in the young and darker skinned people. They develop within weeks of the injury, do not spread outside of the injury area and may improve naturally over a period of a year or more. Using Dermatix® on a scar like this can ‘speed-up’ the scar’s improvement time. This results in a softer, flatter and a much lighter scar that is less noticeable and more acceptable to you. An early benefit is that the itchiness, tenderness and redness of the scar should improve within the first eight weeks of use.


Keloid scars

Keloid scars are an overgrowth of scar tissue and are usually thick, rounded and bulky on the skin. They often appear red or darker in colour compared with the surrounding skin. Keloid scars may not develop until months after the wound has healed and are difficult to treat. Dermatix® reduces the redness, the itching, the hardness, the elevation and the pain associated with keloid scars. Dermatix® is often combined with other treatments to manage these difficult to treat scars.

Options available for scar treatment/prevention


  • Silicone gel, e.g. Dermatix®
  • Pressure/compression therapy
  • Topical steroids
  • Counselling
  • Polyurethane patches



  • Surgery
  • Injected steroids
  • Radiotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser therapy


Other treatments (no medical evidence)

  • Topical vitamin E cream (and other moisturisers)
  • Plant extract creams
  • Massage therapy
  • No treatment



  • Mustoe TA et al. Plast Reconstr Surg 2002;110:560-571
  • Bayat A et al. BMJ 2003;326:88-92
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