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Establishment Biotech now offers you Velvet Gel, medically formulated, reusable silicone sheeting designed to reduce visibility, color and height of keloid and hypertrophic scars that develop from cuts, burns and abrasions.
Velvet Gel adheres to the body for a smooth and comfortable fit, so you won't even remember you are wearing it.

What is a scar?
Scarring is the process the body uses to heal and replace lost or damaged skin. A scar is normally formed by fibrous tissue. Scars can be the consequence of cuts (including surgery), burns or abrasions. Their composition is variable; therefore they can be flat, bulky, depressed or colored, as well as painful or itchy.

What are hypertrophic and keloid scars?
Keloid scars are irregular, rounded and thick clusters of scarring tissue that form in a wound site but that do not match its borders. These scars are usually thicker, harder, non-elastic, more discolored purple or red, and often painful and itchy. Keloids form when collagen - a fibrous protein that the body produces at the last stage of the healing process to permanently seal the area - is overproduced or deposited irregularly.
Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloids, except for the fact that its growth is confined to the borders of the wound.

How does Velvet Gel work?
Although its mechanism of action is not yet fully understood, it is believed that silicone gel sheets, either chemically or through hydration, softens collagen and helps align developing skin cells. They occlude and hydrate the stratum corneum, and exert pressure on the treated area. This helps reducing the appearance and development of a large disfiguring scar.

Does Velvet Gel work in old scars?
Although it works faster in younger skin or newer scars, clinical experience has shown that Velvet Gel is also effective on old scars of any age, even those more than 20 years old. Once the scar is changed, it does not change back.

What are some of the advantages of Velvet Gel?
The soft and thin silicone sheets conform to the body for a smooth, comfortable fit. They lay perfectly flat under clothing and leave no sticky residue. Besides being easy to apply, maintain and reuse, they have the advantage of being economic and durable.

How is Velvet Gel Applied?
Detach the Velvet Gel sheet from its cover and apply its adhesive side directly on the clean and dry scar. If necessary, fix it with medical adhesive tape to keep it in place.
Use the Velvet Gel sheet at least for 12 hours a day. If you decide to use it for a longer period of time, make sure the area to be treated is always clean and dry.
After each treatment interval, wash softly with neutral soap and water. Do not use alcohol or other cleaners.

Place the sheet on its cover again and storage it in its original package.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Velvet Gel?
No. With Velvet Gel you don't need to visit a doctor nor get a prescription. Velvet Gel is an OTC (Over the Counter).

How long do I have to wait to start seeing results with Velvet Gel?
Results will start becoming evident in 8 12 weeks.

Who can use Velvet Gel?
Anyone who has had major skin trauma that could lead to the development of a raised, firm or discolored scar. It's ideal for women who have had mastectomies or breast reductions, burn patients and surgical patients.

Is there the possibility of any undesirable effects with Velvet Gel?
Some patients can experience a burning sensation and itching after wearing the patch. Patients with sensitive skin may develop a sweat rash because of the occlusiveness of the silicone sheet. Some individuals with sensitive skin may not tolerate the synthetic material in the silicone sheeting very well. Velvet Gel should not be used in patients with known sensitivities to silicone. The product must not be used near mucosal tissue or open wounds. Its use in children under 12 must be authorized by a physician

What should I do if I experience a reaction to the silicone sheeting?
If you experience a reaction, remove the patch. The following day, wear it for about an hour. Increase the wearing time an hour every day. If you still experience a reaction, call your doctor or pharmacist.