If you have raised scars (aka hypertrophic scars) on your face or body, you’re probably tired of the attention they attract. You’re tired of talking about how you got the scar and just want to erase the physical evidence of the accident or surgery that caused the scar in the first place.
In the past, raised scars such as hypertrophic scars and keloids were difficult to treat without surgery or inconvenient sheets of silicone gel. The expert dermatologists and skin specialists at Specialists in Dermatology — with locations in Houston, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas — recommend Biocorneum® advanced scar treatment by Sientra, which features FDA-cleared Silishield™ technology in a convenient gel formula.
Why you have a scar
A slight to your wound doesn’t usually cause a scar, but any type of significant trauma does. When your skin is wounded, your body’s first priority is to stop the bleeding and close the wound as soon as possible.
Whether the wound was the result of an accident or was an incision that your doctor closed after surgery, your skin goes through the same healing process. When the deep layer of your skin, called the dermis, is cut or wounded, your body starts producing new strands of the protein collagen to “stitch” things up.
Because the priority is speed, not beauty, your skin rebuilds itself with the new collagen as quickly as possible. Sometimes your body produces too much collagen, which causes the scar to rise above the level of your normal, unwounded skin. Some people produce so much collagen that they develop a type of hypertrophic scar called a keloid, which can extend far above the original wound.
Scars don’t just look different from your normal, healthy skin; they function differently, too. Scarred skin is less flexible than healthy skin, doesn’t retain moisture as well, may be less sensitive to touch, or could even lack sensation altogether.
How Biocorneum works
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have used sheets of silicone gel to treat scars for more than 30 years. Silicone sheets are the first-line treatment for scars because they help your skin retain moisture as it rebuilds itself, which makes your skin more flexible and healthier.
However, removing silicone sheets and cleaning them every day is inconvenient. If you don’t clean them well, you could even wind up with a skin infection.
Biocorneum takes the effectiveness of a silicone sheet and puts it in a convenient, clean, easy-to-use gel form. The gel is made of a patented cross-linking medical-grade silicone, plus features a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 to keep your skin safe and protected from damaging UVA and UVB rays as it heals. The SPF also prevents your scar from darkening.
When you apply Biocorneum to your old or new scar, the cross-linking silicone forms a breathable, invisible shield. It’s so light and flexible that it moves and feels like a second skin. Biocorneum is an ideal treatment for scars on:
- Large areas of skin
Once the gel dries, you can apply make-up, moisturizer, or another layer of sunscreen.
The gel adheres to your skin for 12-24 hours. You apply the gel twice a day, and use it for two months if you have new scars, or three months if you have older scars.
Anyone over the age of six months can benefit from Biocorneum’s healing and protective properties. You can also request a Biocorneum formula that contains 1% hydrocortisone acetate, if you have scars that itch.
Treat old or new scars
You can use Biocorneum to fade away old scars that have plagued you for years. You can also use Biocorneum on brand new scars and even use it as a preventive measure. If you’re having plastic surgery, for instance, and want to minimize the look of your scars as you heal, talk to our skin specialists about Biocorneum.
To finally erase your scars and their bad memories, contact the experts at Specialists in Dermatology to find out if Biocorneum is the right treatment for you. Phone the office nearest you today, or use our convenient online booking form.