Silicone gel – clinical efficacy in scar therapy
An observational study of the use of a silicone gel (applied from a tube) to treat scars was conducted by 66 office based dermatologists over a period of 20 months. The study included 1522 patients with hypertrophic scars, keloids, and other types of scars. Examination parameters were the difference in colour from the skin surrounding the site, pliability and height, and also itchiness and pain/tenderness.
After a period of treatment and observation lasting an average of 3 months, the effectiveness of the treatment was rated as “good” or “very good” by 82.6 % of all physicians and by 81.4 % of all patients.
Silicone gel – high tolerability and general satisfaction
Very good skin tolerability
The tolerability of the silicone gel was evaluated on the basis of adverse reactions and an estimation of the relationship of these reactions to the product administered, and on the overall evaluation of tolerability by both doctor and patient at the end of the treatment and observational period.
The overall tolerability of the silicone gel treatment was rated as “good” or “very good” by 98.7 % of all physicians and by 98.2 % of all patients.
Satisfaction with the silicone gel treatment was evaluated by physicians and patients with reference to ease of use, duration of the treatment, cosmetic result of the treatment, and an assessment of general satisfaction with the therapy. A further criterion for the treating physicians was the level of patient compliance.
Ease of use was evaluated positively by the physicians and the patients alike. The physicians also rated patient compliance very positively, followed by duration of treatment and cosmetic result.
Sepermanesh M. Komp Dermatologie 2006;1:30-32