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Can silicone gel improve the appearance of surgery scars?

Deep down, we all aimed to avoid surgeries throughout life. From the smaller to the bigger interventions, all of them leave a scar. It is estimated that each year in the developed world, approximately 55 million patients acquire scars as a result of elective operations. 


Surgery scars are formed as a normal consequence of surgical incision healing. The soft tissues surrounding a wound may change shape, dimple, or become sunken, uneven, or raised as the wound heals, but scarring is almost unavoidable. Scars can cause both functional and aesthetic alterations with serious psychological repercussions for the patients.


However, treating surgery scars does not have to be rocket science! Silicone-based topical products such as Kelo.Cell silicone gel with stem cells extracts can help you to improve the appearance of surgical scars. Clinical studies performed in the last two decades indicate that silicone gels are effective and safe in the management of abnormal scarring. 


You may wonder how silicone gel works. Although the exact mechanism of action of silicone material in scar management is still unknown, their effects are thought to be related to hydration and occlusion. By increasing hydration of the uppermost layer of the skin, fibroblasts – cells responsible for the generation of extracellular matrix – reduce collagen production which results in softer and flatter scars.

Silicone gel also contributes to normalizing the secretion of growth factors (small molecules involved in intercellular communication). While certain growth factors promote collagen synthesis, others break down collagen chains. The appropriate balance between them contributes to normal collagen synthesis and a healthier scar. Also, the occlusion effect promoted by the silicone polymers hinders skin water loss and protects the skin tissue from bacterial invasion. This is of extreme importance as bacteria have the ability to induce excessive collagen production in the scar tissue.


Kelo.Cell Biogel is an innovative dual-action scar treatment formula, which helps to prevent and improve the appearance of old and new scars. Embrace your surgery scars with Kelo.Cell and take advantage of all the benefits of its advanced formula mostly composed of silicone polymers.

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Berman, B., Perez, O. A., Konda, S., Kohut, B. E., Viera, M. H., Delgado, S., Zell, D., & Li, Q. (2007). A review of the biologic effects, clinical efficacy, and safety of silicone elastomer sheeting for hypertrophic and keloid scar treatment and management. Dermatologic surgery: official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.], 33(11), 1291–1303. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2007.33280.x

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