Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-60

A prospective randomized comparative study of facial scar modulation using topical silicone gel versus coconut oil

Department of Plastic Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Vipin V Nair
Department of Surgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, PIN 411 040
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njps.njps_12_19

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Context: Scar following facial trauma is an important problem affecting aesthetics and function. Aim: The aim of the study is to compare the usefulness of topical silicone gel versus coconut oil in facial scar modulation. Design: Prospective randomized comparative study was done between January and December 2016. Subjects and Methods: Seventy-four post-traumatic facial scar patients were randomized into three groups − Group A topical silicone gel only, Group B coconut oil only, and Group C both. Observational data were collected and photographs were taken at 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. Vancouver scar score and visual analog scale score were done for observational data. Photographs were analyzed by two independent blind observers at the end of the study. Results: Topical silicone gel gave superior results in reducing vascularity and pliability at 1 month and hyperpigmentation at 3 months. Coconut oil has better antipruritic effects at 1 month as compared topical silicone gel. Conclusions: Topical silicone gel is a superior product for initial management of facial scars compared to coconut oil.

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