A percutaneous collagen induction treatment performed with Dermapen and application of Kelo-cote gel.
Patients that undergo C sections and other surgical procedures are often very concerned about the aesthetic appearance of their residual cicatricial deformity. It is their hope to eradicate the physical evidence of the scar and to re-establish a normal appearance and texture.
Percutaneous collagen induction via medical needling is a safe and effective technique to improve the appearance of scars. It promotes scar-less wound healing by stimulating the production of TGF beta 3. Kelo-cote gel creates an effective barrier which allows the wound to remain hydrated, allowing the scar to mature through normalised collagen synthesis cycles.
We treated 20 patients with linear surgical scars. 10 patients had their scars treated by skin needling, and on half the scar Kelo-cote gel (silicone gel) was applied. 10 patients were asked to apply Kelo-cote gel on the whole scar and skin needling was performed on just half the scar.
Skin needling was performed with DermapenTM, using 1.5mm needles. Each patient underwent 3 treatments at 1 month intervals. Each patient applied Kelo-cote gel once daily for 3 months during the skin needling treatment period.
The scars were assessed every month for the first 3 months and a final assessment was done 3 months after the last skin needling treatment.
All the scars improved. However there was a more noticeable improvement in the cases where the skin needling had been associated to the application of Kelo-cote gel.
Medical needling is a safe and effective method to improve the appearance of linear surgical scars. When this technique is associated to the application of Kelo-cote gel the scars appear to have a more noticeable improvement.