Scar management marrying the practical with the science

  • Alan D Widgerow University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: scar managemnet, collagen modulation, hydration, support, inflammation, silicone, centella, bulbine, oleuropein, tape

Abstract

We have come a long way in our understanding of the mechanisms involved in producing an exaggerated scar. One of the important factors to consider is that, as in so many other medical conditions, the answer lies in a multipronged approach. It serves no purpose targeting one area in a cascade of events that result in scarring. Thus we previously published a set of principles that govern the sequential areas of control that we have used to minimise scarring support, hydration, collagen maturation and controlled inflammation. These principles will be elaborated on in respect of new scientific facts and with particular reference to the practical management of different wound sites.

Author Biography

Alan D Widgerow, University of the Witwatersrand
MBBCh, FCS(SA Plast), MMed(Wits), FACS Professor and senior lecturer Department of Plastic Surgery University of the Witwatersrand President AdarScience Inc USA
Published
2010-04-28
Section
General Review