Scientific evidence

Silicone scar treatment is the treatment of choice for the prevention and treatment of scars. It is the only available, non-invasive option for scar treatment backed by sufficient scientific evidence. Silicone scar treatment is safe and easy to use.

  • Reduces itching and pain

  • Scar becomes more flexible, flatter and less red

  • Scar formation is minimized

Silicone scar therapy: the gold standard

Silicone scar therapy

The International Scar Management guidelines are clear (2-4). Silicone scar therapy is:

  • The preferred therapy for both prevention and treatment of scars
  • A proven, non-invasive option for scar therapy
  • Evidence-based recommendations
  • Safe and easy to use

Scarban is proven to be effective 

The effectiveness of Scarban® has been demonstrated in a multicentre study involving 224 patients. Scarban silicone sheets significantly reduce:

  • Scar visibility and complications (chart 1)
  • Scar-related complaints such as itching, pain and aesthetic complaints (chart 2)

Are silicones effective?

Several scientific studies on silicone therapy show its effects in both the treatment and prevention of scars. The studies provide evidence that silicone:

  • Fades both new and old scars
  • Prevents scarring
  • Relieves complaints (itching, redness, skin tension)
Scar management by means of occlusion Publicatie in BURNS 2013

Hoeksema H, De Vos M, Verbelen J, Pirayesh A, Monstrey S.

  • Effective in preventing scarring and treating abnormal scars
  • Significant reduction of moisture loss from the scar
  • Improvement in skin hydration
  • Long-lasting effect

Scar guidelines: Silicone is the ‘gold standard’

There are several international and European scar guidelines that show that silicone is a recommended and proven therapy for the treatment of scars.

  • Medical silicone-based products such as sheets and gels are recommended as the ‘gold standard’, first-line, non-invasive option for both preventing and treating scars.
  • There is sufficient evidence in favour of recommending treatment with medical silicones (i.e. recommendation is evidence-based).
  • Of all the non-invasive treatment options for treating and preventing hypertrophic scars, the use of medical silicones is the first and standard treatment option.
  • The effect and safety of this standard treatment (silicone scar sheets and gels) has been demonstrated in various clinical studies and meta-analyses.

Based on the following international and European scar guidelines:

The effect of conservative treatments of burn scars: A systemic review.

Author(s): Anthonissen M. et al. (2016)
Publication: Burns. 2016 May;42(3):508-18. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2015.12.006. Epub 2016 Jan 15

Read the article on PubMed

Updated scar management practical guidelines: non-invasive and invasive measures.

Author(s): Monstrey S. et al. (2014)
Publication: J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Aug;67(8):1017-25. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.04.011. Epub 2014 May 14

Read the article on PubMed

Management of scars: updated practical guidelines and use of silicones.

Author(s): Meaume S. Et al. (2014)
Publication: Eur J Dermatol. 2014 Jul-Aug;24(4):435-43. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2014.2356 11

Read the article on PubMed

Scar Management Practical Guidelines.

Author(s): Prof. E. Middelkoop, PhD; Prof S. Monstrey, MD, PhD; Prof. L. Téot, MD; Prof. JJ Vranckz, MD, Phd

Read the article in the academic library of Gent University

International Advisory Panel on Scar Management International Clinical Recommendations on Scar Management.

Author(s): 2002 – Mustoe TA, Cooter RD, Gold MH, Hobbs FD, Ramelet AA, Shakespeare PG, Stella M, Teot L, Wood FM, Ziegler UE,
Publication: Plast Reconstr Surg 110: 560-571, 2002.

Read the article on PubMed

Clinical studies

Various medical specialists have conducted clinical studies that test the use of silicone in practice. The tests carried out on a group of patients substantiate the effects of silicone therapy. The focus was on clinical results and the experiences of patients. The results were presented by the researchers at scientific meetings attended by (medical) specialists and other professionals.


Development of a new brochure making aftercare of burns understandible for patients Brandwondencentrum Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent (BE)

Presented at EBA 2013

  • Silicones are used to improve hydration
  • It reduces fluid loss (occlusion)
  • Can be combined with pressure therapy
Psychological wellbeing - scar Wound Professional (UK)

Presented at EWMA 2014

  • Silicone provides occlusion and hydration
  • Can be combined with pressure therapy
  • Gives pressure on the scar

Scarban silicone therapy