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I used the gel about 6 months ago for a few months on some scars I have on my arms which are slightly keloid. In the past I have used Bio-Oil and had fairly good results, but the Bio Oil seems to have reached its optimal effect now and so I was looking for something else than may have been able to take over where the Bio-Oil left off. I saw the Dermatix Gel in my local Lloyds Chemist for £29.99 for a 15g tube - and I thought it might be worth trying. I am generally of the belief that you get what you pay for, and as it was fairly expensive I was hoping that this meant it was going to work (yes, naive I know!!!).
The Dermatix Gel is a clear, almost plasticky gel which you apply directly to the scarred area. The gel is made of silicone and the idea is that the application of silicone can be used to flatten scars and to whiten scars which are red - both of which would be useful results for me! The gel was easy to apply evenly and was absorbed without any problem - although it did leave a slightly shiny residue on my arm - as is often the case with silicone based products. Thankfully, there is no aroma to the gel and so once the gel is applied and absorbed, it certainly isn't obvious that you're wearing it.
I applied it twice a day for a few months - and luckily the tube did actually last me that long so I didn't have to waste any more money on this product. I have to admit that even using it for this length of time, I didn't see any change in the scars whatsoever - either in redness or in how much the scar is raised. I was not impressed at all and I'd suggest that people not waste their money on this expensive product and instead opt for the Bio Oil.
I have some prominent hypertrophic scarring on my body and although it is covered most of the time it is something I feel very self concious about. Hypertrophic scars are the red and raised scars which look almost purple in my case, they look larger than the original wound and can get itchy in the cold weather and are very prominent against my pale skin.
I asked my hospital doctor about the possibility of having some scarring removed and he sent a referral to the plastic surgery department. They refused to see me because the procedure would be purely cosmetic but sent me a tube of dermatix gel in the post for me to try. This is very expensive gel which if you buy it without a prescription will cost £30+ for a 15ml tube.
Dermatix is a silicone gel which can be used to flatten and whiten scars over a period of time. I had heard good things about silicone gel sheets for scarring so was keen to give this magic potion a try.
To use you apply a very thin film of the gel over the affected area every day and then allow it to dry, you wash it off after 12 to 23 hours and then apply a fresh layer of gel each day. The gel is slightly sticky but is clear and has no smell, once it is dry you cannot see the silicone layer at all.
It is recommended that you use dermatix gel for at least two months to get the maximum benefit from it. I applied the gel for several weeks and only saw a very slight reduction in the redness of my scarring and it did not appear to flatten at all. This may be because the scarring is older as it is recommended that it is used earlier on in the healing process and can be used after surgery to stop scars forming in the first place.
I wasn't wowed by the performance of Dermatix gel but then it is probably wrong to expect too much of an improvement on older scarring. I have tried different things like vitamin E and bio oil without success too over the years and I would say that I saw more improvement with dermatix than either of the above. Based on my experience of little improvement on old scars I would say only use if you are aware it will make a minimal difference.
This silicon gel was recommended to me by my consultant following an operation a year ago which left with me with quite a red and raised scar. This gel has been manufactured to deal particularly with keloid/hypertrophic scars resulting from surgery, trauma wounds and burns.
This gel works by helping to maintain the skin's moisture balance, whist aiding the heaing process of scars or burns to the skin. It has been clinically shown to flatten, soften and smooth scars, relieve itching and discomfort as well as reducing the discolouration associated with scars.
The gel is clear in colour and has no smell. Only a small amount is needed. Once applied/massaged in to the affected area, Dermatix quickly dries to leave an invisible sheet. It is recommended that application be done once in the morning and once in the evening, massaging in a small amount each time. It should only be applied to healed areas and should not be applied to open wounds. Although this can be used on older scarring, once the wound is no longer open, the sooner you start applying the gel to the scarred or burnt area, the better and faster the results will be.
I have been using this gel for about three weeks on a recent scar from surgery and I have found that it has very quickly helped to flatten my scarring and helped keep the skin soft and moisturised and has also reduced itching. I have so far only noticed a slight improvement to the discolouration but having used this gel previously, several months after surgery (so on an older scar), the discoluration has faded dramatically there so I am confident that with continued use, this will happen again.
I initially bought a tube from Boots the Chemist but found that a 15g tube costs £30.00 which is very expensive as you do need to use it for several months to get the best results. However, at a check up with my doctor I mentioned the need for the gel and I was given it on prescription, therefore costing just £7.20 which makes it much more economical so don't be afraid to ask for it , particularly if you have had an operation recently.
I would definitely recommend this gel, especially as it has been proven to work and is recommended by surgeons, dermatologists and specialists and it has certainly helped reduce the appearance of my scarring after a fairly short time and I will continue to use it until the scars have faded enough to hopefully be barely noticeable.
Thanks for reading. x
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