Posts on Apr 2017

How Scar Management Began and Where it Stands Today

Keloids artfully carved on tribeswoman

Silicone Sheeting for Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars—by Doctor’s Prescription Only

ReJuveness silicone sheeting for problem scarring was introduced in 1996. Before that the product was marketed as Silk-Skin. Silk-Skin was a prescription-only device with whats called a FDA 510 or like device to Sil-K the silicone occlusive sheeting (Degania, Israel). The product was initially marketed to and distributed through plastic surgeons, dermatologist, burn centers, hospitals, and pharmacies. ReJuveness silicone sheeting was developed by engineers from GE Silicones, the inventors of silicone.

The Scarring Patient—Abandoned by Their Doctors: A tribute to Dr. Earl Peacock

The ReJuveness marketing breakthrough came in 1996 after contacting the teacher, plastic surgeon, and scarring expert Dr. Erle Peacock. I had read his comprehensive textbook, Wound Repair, and was more than impressed by the style and depth of writing. In short, I was a fan, probably one of his only. One day I worked up the courage to call Dr. Peacock to see if I might get any insight into the present state of the art of scar management.

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Derma Rolling: The Basics

Throughout life, stuff can happen to the skin most people don’t even realize. Whether it be scars, acne or wrinkles, the skin cannot stay flawless forever. Although there are treatments available for people, many include invasive procedures that may be out of the budget. However, there are opportunities to stay youthful through at home treatments.

derma roller and scar treatment

Derma rolling is a great at-home option for people wanting smoother skin

Derma rolling has the results of laser treatment, a chemical peel or dermabrasions, but it doesn’t come with the high costs. Additionally, derma rolling can be done at home and doesn’t have the recovery time that comes with more invasive procedures. The derma roller is studded with very fine needles, with the length of the needles depending on the cause for treatment. Users roll the device over their skin to stimulate the collagen and help repair its surface.
Collagen is what’s responsible for the skin’s elasticity, and derma rolling can help produce more, leading to smoother skin and potentially reducing the visibility of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.

How quickly a person will see results depends on a variety of factors. For example, people who are using derma rolling for acne scars may find that the treatment could take longer to show results. Additionally, the amount of time depends on the person, as some individuals’ skin may react to derma rolling on a quicker basis than others. It may be a good idea to take a photo of the area before treatment starts in order to have a visual example of how the skin has changed during the course of treatment.