Scar Care (Silicone tape/gel)

Scar care is something that we take very seriously at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre. We know that scarring, whether from surgery, burns, accidents, or illness, can create life long emotional trauma for some people. Helping people feel good about the way they look and preserving dignity is a priority at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre. This is why you won’t find better scar care in Toronto than the care we provide.

Scar Care Procedure

Every scar is different, but for the majority of injuries, whether accidental or as a result of surgical procedures, the best method of available scar care is silicone tape or gel. This non-surgical option treats scars in three different ways:

  • Relieves tension on the skin allowing it to more easily close and heal
  • Shields the skin from additional damage that can be caused by the environment
  • Hydrates the skin which aids in the healing process and ensures a smoother blending of pigments during skin recovery

This procedure is not designed to remove or lessen scars that have already formed. Instead it is designed to prevent scars from forming during the healing process. It is effective for wounds of all type and works best if the tape or gel can be applied within 24 hours of the initial damage

Candidates

The primary candidates for scar care from the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre are patients that are scheduled to undergo surgical procedures, either at our facility or at another facility, or patients that have recently experienced a major injury, usually one that involves a laceration of the skin.

For surgical scar care, appointments can be scheduled in advance so that the patient can receive scar care treatment as part of or immediately following the surgical procedure. Lacerations caused by accidents obviously can’t be predicted. In such cases, the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre has partnerships with local hospitals and clinics to allow patients to receive scar care treatment as quickly as possible.

Even if you haven’t been treated for an injury at one of those allied facilities, if you need emergency scar care, the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre is available to provide assistance.

Recovery

Scar care does not have any recovery that is independent of the damage being treated. However, scar care does require a physician to regularly monitor the damaged area and to replace tape or gel as needed. As such, you should expect to return to our facilities for multiple visits during the recovery process of your injury or surgery.
In addition to tracking any scarring, our medical staff will also watch for any problems, like infection, that may develop during the recovery process.

Results

Scar care rarely prevents a scar completely, though in some cases this is possible. The primary benefit of scar care treatment is that resulting scars are lighter, blend in better with the surrounding skin, and usually are less depressed or raised. Scars that receive this treatment are also more likely to fade over time and likely to take less time to fade.

Schedule Your Care

If you are planning surgery and want to minimize the resulting scar, contact us for an appointment well in advance of the surgery. If you have experienced a recent accident and been referred to us or discovered us on your own, our staff will work to have you seen by a doctor as quickly as possible.