New Technology Could Painlessly Reduce Scarring

Embrace Advanced Scar Therapy works by relieving the skin tension created during the natural healing process of scars, leaving a less visible mark on the skin.

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    A new, simple treatment can prevent or reduce scars after surgery or injury. For two local patients, it changed how they felt about their bodies. Dr. Bruce Hensel has more on how the technology works for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

    Doctors are using a new technology to minimize the visibility of scars after surgical procedures by simply applying an advanced bandage-type adhesive to the wound.

    Embrace Advanced Scar Therapy works by relieving the skin tension created during the natural healing process of scars, leaving a less visible mark on the skin.

    “Scars like to open and spread. This keeps it together. By keeping it from spreading, it’s going to heal in a nice thin straight line scar,” said Dr. Payman Daneilepour, a plastic surgeon who has used the bandage on his patients.

    Caitlin Aiello developed a scar from an emergency C-section.

    “I really hated it,” Aiello said of the scarring. “It was really ugly and sort of purple and raised.”

    Mark Morgan had the same problem after having a tummy tuck.

    “When it healed, the scar was very wide,” Morgan said.

    Both used a variety of creams and pills to shrink their scars, but said nothing worked until they used this technology.

    “I’m so happy,” Aiello said.  “I really thought it was something I’d have to live with forever, and now I know I don’t.”

    Morgan seconded her review.

    “It’s amazing,” he said. “I can’t believe the difference.”

    Doctors say the bandage can be used right after surgery or within year after the scar has formed.

    “They can be good for any type of scar, whether it’s arm lifts or even developing,” Dr. John Layke, another plastic surgeon who has used the bandage, said. “The company’s developing dressings that could even be for the common cut along the face.”

    Dr. Bruce said this is not the only choice for scar revision.

    “It may be the least painful and least risky when compared to other options. If undergoing surgery, remember to ask about creams to use before and after to reduce the risk of scarring." 

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