What is the role of silicone gel or occlusive sheeting in the treatment of keloids?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Silicone gel or occlusive sheeting has also been used to help decrease keloid size and prevent further development. [8] Sheets of these gels, which are commercially available, are applied to the keloid lesion 12-24 hours a day for 6 weeks to 6 months. The mechanism is unclear; however, many theories have been postulated, including increased hydration, increased temperature, and electrical field development providing improvement.


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