Nigerian Journal of Plastic Surgery

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
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


Vipin V Nair, Jerry R John, Ramesh Kumar Sharma 
 Department of Plastic Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vipin V Nair
Department of Surgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, PIN 411 040
India

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.


How to cite this article:
Nair VV, John JR, Sharma RK. A prospective randomized comparative study of facial scar modulation using topical silicone gel versus coconut oil.Nigerian J Plast Surg 2020;16:51-60


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Nair VV, John JR, Sharma RK. A prospective randomized comparative study of facial scar modulation using topical silicone gel versus coconut oil. Nigerian J Plast Surg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Aug 13 ];16:51-60
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