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Has anybody tried dermatix (silicone gel) for scar management or manuka honey for prevention of scars?
 

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I am replying to myself as I have spoken to a nurse who has advised me that it is the massaging of the scar that actually helps it to heal flat. She suggested E45 or acqueous cream. I have also read that bio oil contains some carcinogenic substances.
I would like to hear from anyone who has tried the expensive silicone patches - usually used for raised scars I think.
 

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I recently had some moles removed from my back. I opted not to have them cut, rather shaved to reduce the length of the scars I'd have. The plastic surgeon was taken aback by the amount the scars had risen above skin level when I saw him and gave me dermatix to put on them. Since the instructions don't call to massage in the gel, I'm not sure if your nurse friend is quite correct in relation to this product. (She may well be righ in the suggestion that massaging helps them to flatten though) I for one have noticed a significant reduction in the scars since using it. HTH. He did say that this is not a quick fix and we're talking 6 months use, 23 out of 24 hours. (the hour is to take a shower etc).
 

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I am replying to myself as I have spoken to a nurse who has advised me that it is the massaging of the scar that actually helps it to heal flat. She suggested E45 or acqueous cream. I have also read that bio oil contains some carcinogenic substances.
I would like to hear from anyone who has tried the expensive silicone patches - usually used for raised scars I think.
I used silicone patches about four years ago on a raised scar. It Flattened the scar but then it actually depressed it
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My mistake was that my raised "scar" wasn't fully healed yet. It wasn't really a scar, therefore it still needed the oxygen to heal correctly before I suffocated it with a silicone patch.

What we need is to really understand the timeline of a "scar" to treat it ourselves. We need to know how to inspect the scar see to determine what stage it is in. Wounds that are potential scars need a different treatment than the actual scar which appears in its fullest expression months after the trauma. However, both need treatment.
 

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dragonlilly -- you're right -- but it is confusing, sometimes a deep cut or burn will leave a scar and other times it doesn't. I never seem to have anything on hand to treat emergencies.

I'm having a very large mole removed next week; I was told I'd need stiches after the procedure; this tells me I'm likely to scar.

(Today it's warm and sunny, only -19)
 

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That's good feedback to know about the silicon patches. In my case I'm being treated by the plastic surgeon, with regular checkups on progress which I think is good (no charge by the way for the follow up visits). I'm still happy with how things are going though.


Re the temperature - it's going to be about 30deg Celsius here in Sydney today. We can definitely get out the bikinis.
 
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