Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 646–651

Silicone-Based Scar Therapy: A Review of the Literature

  • Demetris Stavrou
  • Oren Weissman
  • Eyal Winkler
  • Lior Yankelson
  • Eran Millet
  • Oren Paul Mushin
  • Alon Liran
  • Joseph Haik


Hypertrophic and keloid scars still are among the banes of plastic surgery. In the treatment arsenal at the disposal of the plastic surgeon, topical silicone therapy usually is considered the first line of treatment or as an adjuvant to other treatment methods. Yet, knowledge concerning its mechanisms of action, clinical efficacy, and possible adverse effects is rather obscure and sometimes conflicting. This review briefly summarizes the existing literature regarding the silicone elastomer’s mechanism of action on scars, the clinical trials regarding its efficacy, a description of some controversial points and contradicting evidence, and possible adverse effects of this treatment method. Topical silicone therapy probably will continue to be the preferred first-line treatment for hypertrophic scars due to its availability, price, ease of application, lack of serious adverse effects, and relative efficacy. Hopefully, future randomized clinical trials will help to clarify its exact clinical efficacy and appropriate treatment protocols to optimize treatment results.


Hypertrophic scar Keloid scar Silicone-based scar therapy Silicone elastomer Topical silicone therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetris Stavrou
    • 1
  • Oren Weissman
    • 1
  • Eyal Winkler
    • 1
  • Lior Yankelson
    • 1
  • Eran Millet
    • 1
  • Oren Paul Mushin
    • 1
  • Alon Liran
    • 1
  • Joseph Haik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Chaim Sheba Medical CenterSackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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