Gel Silicone Sheets & Breast Reduction?

Should you use vertical/anchor incision scar treatment gel silicone sheets after the sutures have been taken out as preventive treatment for scars even thought there are no signs of hyperpigmentation,raised scars etc. Will doing this make your scars looks more aesthetically appealing or just make the healing process worse?

Doctor Answers 5

Silicone sheets and breast reduction

Thank you for your question. Breast incisions can be managed using a multimodal approach:
1) Scar massage - starting as soon as the surgical dressings come off and the incisions are sealed
2) Silicone sheets or scar gels for about six months to year
3) Embrace - a tension reducing dressing for the first 2 months
4) Fractionated lasers to help blend the scar into the background - done as a series, starting about 4 weeks after surgery and repeated every four weeks for six months.
5) Sunscreen to prevent the scars from darkening

Silicone sheets after breast reduction

Silicone sheets can help improve the appearance of scars even if they are not hypertrophic. You can apply them after the steristrips have fallen off and the incisions have closed.

Silicone sheets for incisions

Yes, silicone sheets have been shown to improve incision healing and appearance.  It is up to you if you want to use these treatments.  My philosophy is that it can't hurt so why not try everything that may be helpful.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction Silicone Sheets?

Thank you for the question.

You will find that every plastic surgeon has his/her preferences regarding incision line care after breast reduction surgery. Therefore, it will be best to run this question by your chosen plastic surgeon since he/she is ultimately this possible for your care/outcome.

Personally I use silicone sheeting or gel selectively for patients who may be at high risk for abnormal scarring.

Best wishes.

Minimal Breast Reduction Scars

Silicone sheeting can improve your scarring but there are other ways to further improve them as well. Best Scar Management is important to minimize or completely hide from view, the telltale signs of your surgery—namely, scars. Both you and your surgeon want you to have the most minimal scarring possible. There are many possible causes for scars that are enlarged or not healing well. Unsightly scars are most commonly due to genetics, underlying medical conditions, or improper scar/wound care. The last part is very important and patients can make a noticeable difference in their scars’ appearance by following best scar management practices. Here are some important tips in the link below:

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