Dermatix - pros and cons. (photos)
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Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
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Board Certified Plastic Surgery
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Dermatix - pros and cons.
Paper tape support for best quality for scars after reduction mammoplasty
There have been several published studies in our journal, Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, that demonstrate that paper tape is the most efficacious method to prevent excessive scar hypertrophy, which is a thickened, elevated scar that may be painful or itch. The study that I remember best was comparing paper tape to silicone sheeting and demonstrated that inexpensive paper tape was superior. If you add a silicone gel then the tape may not support the scar. The purpose is to take the tight pulling forces off of the scar so that the body does not get a stimulus to make a thicker stronger scar. Fortunately, this is most practical in body areas covered by clothing and very useful for the face. I recommend that my patients with tight closures like breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation and tummy tucks use it for at least 3 months. I tell them to apply it and then change it when it starts to separate naturally in order to minimize skin irritation. Right now your scars look good and tape will help them stay that way.
Article reference for physicians:
Atkinson, J. A., McKenna, K. T., Barnett, A. G., McGrath, D.
J., and Rudd, M. A randomized, controlled trial to determine
the efficacy of paper tape in preventing hypertrophic scar
formation in surgical incisions that traverse Langer’s skin
tension lines. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 116: 1648, 2005 .
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