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Dermatix™ Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment for the prevention and reduction of hypertrophic and keloid scars. Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment is a transparent, fast-drying silicone gel with unique qualities, making it ideally suited to help minimize or reduce signs and symptoms of abnormal scarring and aid in the prevention and reduction of hypertrophic scarring after surgery.
Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment has been successfully used in both new and old scars resulting from trauma, burns and surgery. Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment has been shown to flatten, soften and smooth scars, relieving itching and discomfort. The new proprietary silicone technology imparts a soft silky feel to the skin, without oily residue or buildup and can be used under makeup and clothing making it ideally suited for use after laser and surgical cosmetic procedures.
Application of Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment
Always wait until the wound is healed or the wound site is closed. The affected area should be washed and dried thoroughly (usually twice per day). Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment should be applied as a thin film once, twice or as many times per day as recommended by the doctor. Once dry (about 3-4 minutes) you can cover with clothing or make-up. One 30 gm tube of Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment used twice per day on a scar 5-7 inches long should last 60-90 days.
Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment should not be applied to open or fresh wounds. Application to mucosa membranes or too close to eyes should be avoided. If redness, pain or irritation to skin occurs, consult your pharmacist or physician immediately.
What is a scar?
A scar is the tissue formed following an injury. Scarring is the action through which an injured tissue repairs itself so it can regain form and function. Skin scars occur when the deep, thick layer of skin, the dermis, is damaged. The worse the damage is, the worse the scar will be. To mend the damage, the body has to lay down new collagen fibers (a naturally occurring protein which is produced by the body). This process results in a scar because the body cannot re-build the tissue exactly as it was, the new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding normal tissue. An injury does not become a scar until the wound has completely healed.
Most skin scars are flat, pale and leave a trace of the original injury that caused them. The time for a scar to go away may, however, take from a few days to, in some serious and rare cases, several years. Various treatments can speed up the process and help prevent abnormal scars.
Scars form differently based on the location of the injury on the body and the age of the person who was injured, the color of the skin. Patients at higher risk of developing scars include those age 40 years or less, those with highly pigmented skin (e.g., African-Americans or Asians), or individuals with a previous history of hypertrophic scars.
Scars are classified six different ways
- Mature Scar, which means it, is a light-colored, flat scar.
- Immature Scar, which is red, sometimes itchy or painful, and slightly elevated scar in the process of remodeling. Many of these will mature normally over time and become flat, and assume a pigmentation that is similar to the surrounding skin, although they can be paler or slightly darker.
- Scars may be linear hypertrophic, for example a surgical or traumatic scar. A red, raised, sometimes itchy scar, confined to the border of the original surgical incision. This usually occurs within weeks after surgery. These scars may increase in size rapidly from 3-6 months and then, after a static phase, begin to regress. They generally mature to have an elevated, slightly rope-like appearance with increased width, which is variable. The full maturation process may take up to 2 years.
- Widespread hypertrophic scar, for example a burn is a widespread red, raised, sometimes itchy scar that remains within the borders of the burn injury.
- Minor keloid scar is a focally raised, itchy scar extending over normal tissue. This may develop up to 1 year after injury and does not regress on its own. Simple surgical excision is often followed by recurrence. There may be a genetic abnormality involved in keloid scaring. Typical sites include earlobes.
- Major keloid scar is a large, raised (>0.5cm) scar, possibly painful or pruritic, and extending over normal tissue. This often results from minor trauma and can continue to spread for years.
When the normal scarring process goes awry, the scar does not fade as it normally would. The affect of an abnormal scar goes beyond the cosmetic concern about such a scar’s appearance. Abnormal scars can itch or hurt, can impact joint mobility and can affect psychological confidence. The negative impact resulting from scars can cause depression, anxiety, a withdrawal from society and more generally, a lack of self-assurance. The reduction in scarring may help to regain one's self confidence.
The majority of people have at least one scar on their body and fortunately for most, it is not of any concern. However, for some people it is a problem. There is a wide range of things that influence how we feel about scars including the location of the scar, our age, gender and how the scar occurred.
Doctors try to do everything they can to minimize the scar potential after surgery and certainly technique can make a huge difference. For example, plastic surgeons often place the incision for breast augmentation under the arm so even if a scar does develop, it would be less visible. However, technique and location are not always the answer.
How Dermatix Ultra works
Although the mechanism of silicone gel for scar treatment remains unknown, studies suggest that silicone gel sheeting improves scarring because it is semi-occlusive and enhances the water barrier function of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin) on the immature scar. Dermatix™ Ultra also forms a semi-occlusive sheet that promotes tissue hydration and provides an occlusive barrier to the skin. Silicone also modifies fibroblasts that are involved in scarring process and which break down collagen. There is the suggestion that silicone gel helps modulate the basic fibroblast growth factor levels and may help in the more organized deposition and alignment of collagen.
As always, we encourage you to call our office and speak to our licensed Esthetician or one of our skincare associates, if you have any questions. We are available during office hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST at 1-877-415-0600. You may also email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.