Could the additional shearing forces applied by EMBRACE scar therapy cause blistering on an already tight, new scar? (Photo)
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Embrace therapy works to take the tension off the incision by placing it on the surrounding skin. It also is made of silicone that has proven to be beneficial for poor scarring. Some patients can get skin irritation or blistering in the areas surrounding the incision where the Embrace is attached to the skin. I have found that this is the minority of cases. Most patients do very well with the treatment and don't have any blistering problems. Sometimes, when it does occur, the skin irritation occurs after many weeks and multiple treatments. Even if it is discontinued at this point it has still been beneficial.
I would disagree with your surgeon's characterization that Embrace is a novelty. It was designed by some talented physicians and researchers at Stanford University. It has not been around long enough for extensive clinical trials, however there is a recent peer reviewed study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal that demonstrated clinical improvement with scarring. There have been no studies that demonstrated it does not work.
Embrace treatment requires that the patient make more frequent office visits and it adds to the cost of the procedure. Not all patients elect to undergo the treatment. Some patients may heal very well without the treatment. Conversely, some patients may still have a less than optimal scar even with the Embrace therapy. Overall however, I think it helps most patients. When I have used it on only the central part of the incision, I can sometimes see a clear demarcation where the Embrace therapy was stopped. The scarring is worse in the nontreated areas.
I am happy that you're pleased with your results and have confidence in your surgeon. I would lastly tell you that there are very competent plastic surgeons who completely disagree with your surgeon's assessment of Embrace therapy. Best wishes to you!
EMBRACE works by transferring tension.
Coordinate this with your plastic surgeon.
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