The most recent major advance in scar treatment addresses the component that mechanical stress contributes to scar healing. A significant portion of the basic science research that justifies this modality originates from Michael Longaker and Geoffrey Gurtner from Stanford University. Both are well respected Plastic Surgeons who are bench scientists, and are contributing greatly to practical advances in wound healing. Neodyne Biosciences is bringing the device to market, which has received FDA clearance for use under the name Embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy.
The device works by unloading the tension across a scar which can contribute to "over zealous" scar formation (know as hypertrophic scaring). For it to work, it needs to be applied once the incision is healed (approximately 2 weeks after surgery), and used continuously during the active component of scar healing (6 to 8 weeks). It is quite expensive (for an abdominoplasty, it is around 10% of the total cost of surgery), and not everyone requires this level of intervention to achieve a good scar. The decision to use this intervention is a problem for patients who never had a surgical scar, and have no baseline to judge how they tend to heal.
Here are some of my suggestions:
I do believe this is the current "best" treatment for high tension scars, such as abdominoplasty incisions, and am happy to be able to offer this to my patients.
Please review the educational / marketing video on Neodyne's website to help understand the basics of this product.
Please review some literature that supports the technology of this product:
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