WHAT ARE SCARS?
Wound healing is a process that allows a wound to heal through cell regeneration. This formation of scar tissue is normal following surgery.
The duration of this process varies depending on many factors, in particular on the person or the injured area (smoking can be an important factor in slowing down the healing process for example). Most of the time, it takes between 9 and 12 months for a final result, but it can take longer. This is why it is particularly important to use the right products during this phase to ensure healthy healing.
Healing occurs in 3 stages. Blood clotting stops the bleeding from the wound. Collagen production can then begin, which will allow the production of new epidermal tissue.
Without complication, an invisible and flat scar called “mature scar” is obtained. To achieve this, it is important to respect certain conditions such as avoiding exposure to the sun or smoking.
However, scarring remains an unpredictable phenomenon that can lead to undesired final results such as hypertrophic or keloid scars.
It is therefore crucial to follow a scar management plan after surgery to achieve the best possible result. Keeping the wound clean and healthy during the initial healing phase is important. Once the wound is closed and dry, the use of a treatment gel such as Medigel Z® and Medipatch Gel Z® can reduce the risk of these scars forming.
Keloid scars are the result of an outgrowth of the scar around the wound due to an overproduction of collagen. Generally red and unsightly, they can be painful and cause itching and irritation. The formation of these scars does not affect the general health of the patient. Once formed, keloid scars can be resistant to treatment.
Hypertrophic scars, like keloids, are the result of an overproduction of collagen during the healing process, although they are less extensive and tend to diminish over time. This type of scar can usually be treated and evolve into a more normal looking scar.
Medigel Z® technology combines triblock copolymers with class H1 mineral oil to allow skin elasticity and prevent irritation of the scar area. This technology is guaranteed for up to 12 weeks and is available as a gel, clear sheet or synthetic fabric covered sheet. The products are hypoallergenic and stretchable to accommodate patient movement and can be custom cut to fit the scar.