Silicone Gel Pads
Conveniently located to serve Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
How Do Silicone Gel Pads Help Treat Keloid Scars?
Silicone gel pads treat keloid scars and other scar types through two mechanisms – dermal hydration and the regulation of collagen. For scars to heal properly, they have to undergo a process known as homeostasis that involves balancing moisture and oxygen levels. While this process happens automatically, natural homeostasis is not always helpful in terms of the final appearance of scars, as naturally, the balance between oxygen and moisture levels isn’t always maintained. This results in inadequate collagen regulation and dermal hydration, which can leave behind a lasting appearance of scars.
However, silicone gel pads ensure that scars undergo homeostasis properly. Through the application of silicone gel pads, the scar site retains moisture, which triggers a process in the skin cells that results in the scaling back of collagen production. As a result, scars are flattened and their discoloration is also reduced. Ultimately, this helps the scar to blend in with the skin surrounding the scarred area.
Ideal Time to Start Using Silicone Gel Pads
You need to wait until your wound heals completely before applying silicone gel pads. There shouldn’t be any scabbing or bleeding when you apply silicone gel pads. Typically, complete wound healing takes around 3 weeks for average individuals. However, the healing process may vary from one person to the next based on their health conditions. Individuals can use silicone gel pads to improve the appearance of older scars as well, i.e., scars that are as old as or older than 1 – 3 years. It usually requires the application to be 16-24hrs./day for at least 3-6 months.
Who Are the Ideal Candidates for Using Silicone Gel Pads?
Silicone gel pads can greatly benefit anyone who has recently sustained cuts or burns from a traumatic injury. They are also quite beneficial in treating scars in individuals who have undergone invasive surgeries in the recent past. There are certain individuals who have a predisposition to developing keloids who can also reap cosmetic rewards from the use of silicone gel pads.
I had been battling keloids for about 15 years and had 4 previous surgeries. I had a very painful and discomforting keloid in my chest and another keloid in my umbilical area. As a result of one of the surgeries, to my disappointment, I lost my umbilicus. I cannot put into words how frustrated I was every time the keloids ... [Read more]
Before & After
Your excision will be performed in The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center
located in Miami, Florida..
Be careful with what you read elsewhere and do your homework. The only two medical specialties that have formal training in their residency programs and treat keloids very frequently are the dermatologists and the plastic and reconstructive surgeons.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are the only specialists with formal training in residency that will take care of the large and most complex keloids and ugly scars from head to toe, using surgical techniques in which many times flaps have to be formed to cover large defects (Z-plastics and rotation flaps). As Plastic Surgeons, aesthetic principles are always considered to get the most pleasing results.
At The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, keloids are what we do. We are the only Plastic Surgery Office in South Florida run by two board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and one of the few in the U.S.A. using the latest XRT technology to treat keloids with proven lower recurrence rates.
Our doctors at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center are board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons that have treated keloids from most if not all parts of the body. Dr. Roberto Mendez and Dr. Gabriel Salloum have treated not only the simplest but also the most complex and severe types of keloids. Among them are keloid scars after surgery for the removal of the appendix, removal of the gallbladder, removal of part of the bowel, C- Section, Cardiothoracic surgery, liposuction, Breast Surgery, Tummy Tuck, and orthopedic surgery. We have treated patients from all over the world, including from Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Being well aware of the fact that keloids can harm your quality of life as well as self-esteem at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, you will be thoroughly examined, and an individualized plan of treatment will be planned for you. Our goal is to provide you with the best modality of treatment for your keloid.
Most of the patients we have treated have had previous surgical and non-surgical treatments of the keloids. Don’t be discouraged from failure in the past. We will be happy to evaluate you in a complimentary FREE consultation.
For your convenience, we speak English, Spanish, French, and Creole.
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Dr. Roberto J. Mendez and Dr. Gabriel Salloum are board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons who combined have over 37 years in practice who specialize in the non-surgical and surgical removal of keloids. Contact The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation for your silicone gel pad treatment.