Silagen is a 100% pure silicon gel that maximizes healing in post-operative skin, producing an aesthetically pleasing result. When used as post-op treatment in coordination with proper bandaging and wound care, Silagen helps to reduce scarring and leads to the best cosmetic outcome.
Silagen works by regulating the body’s natural healing process. During the healing process, collagen is produced by the cells in the wound. However when too much collagen is produced, hypertrophic scarring or keloids can develop. Silagen helps to prevent overscarring by retaining moisture and regulating collagen production. The final result is even healing and scars with reduced visibility.
In addition, Silagen helps to keep the skin moist during the healing process. This is important because it is common for scar tissue to experience transepidermal water loss in the first year following the initial wound. This high level of water evaporation is a contributing factor to the increased collagen production. By keeping the skin moist with Silagen, the stratum corneum remains hydrated and can properly regulate collagen production, preventing abnormal scarring.
Silgen uses a three-part system that is composed of a silicone gel (with SPF protection), a medical-grade silicone formula, and a silicone gel sheeting formula. This three-part system is completely comprised of silicone ingredients and is only available through physicians. Each component can be used individually or in coordination with one another.
The silicone gel with SPF protection is made of medical-grade silicone mixed with zinc oxide to prevent UV-induced scar hyperpigmentation. This is most commonly used on areas that are exposed to the sun, such as: face, neck, chest, arms, hands, or other visible areas. The 100% pure silicon gel is just the silicone compound as is preferable for those with sensitive skin. Finally, the silicone gel sheeting comes in 12 shapes and sizes with clear or beige backing options. These gel sheets are washable and reusable up to 4 weeks.
These two different forms of Silagen available to patients are equally effective, however the wound location and size usually determines which form is preferred. Generally speaking, the gel works better for smaller areas or areas on the face, while the strips are ideal for treating larger areas with less movement.
Regardless of the Silagen form used, there are a few general guidelines that apply to both the gel and the strips. First, Silagen can only be used after the initial wound has completely closed and contains no oozing, bleeding, or stitches. This generally occurs two weeks after the initial wound. Silagen cannot be applied to open wounds. For the best results, Silagen should be used twice daily for 8-12 weeks. Individuals who use Silagen for two months generally have the best results and those who are prone to keloids are recommended to continue treatment for six months.
Many people have expressed satisfaction over Silagen and the results it has brought them. If you are interested in learning more about Silagen and how it can help diminish or prevent excess scarring, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayala today!