Embrace Scar Therapy
Embrace is a system used for scar management that relieves skin tension after a wound or surgical incision. By reducing the amount of stress on a wound, it is less likely to form dark, raised, or unsightly scars following surgery or injury.
Embrace Scar Therapy
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About the Procedure
After surgery, patients are concerned with having a swift, healthy recovery and whether or not a scar may develop. Raised scars occur when an overproduction of collagen elevates the skin. Collagen is responsible for creating youthful volume, but when there is too much during the healing process, bumpy, keloid scars can form. By decreasing the amount of tension on the incision, collagen production is better controlled. The embrace scar therapy kit includes applicators and silicone dressings. Once staples and stitches have been removed and the incision is closed and dry, the dressing is applied directly over the incision, drawing together both sides and relieving tension. Tension is primary cause of scarring. Embrace is best suited for fresh incisions but can be used on scars that have formed in the last 6 months with treatment lasting around 60 days.
The goal of embrace scar therapy is to reduce the appearance of scarring.
What to Expect
Embrace is a system used for scar management that relieves skin tension after a wound or surgical incision. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after treatment with embrace scar therapy.
- Clean the incision site with soap and water
- Wipe incision site with alcohol and allow skin to dry
- Do not apply any lotions or ointments prior
- Keep incision site flat
- Position the applicator and dressing directly over the scar and cover completely
- Press and hold the dressing to the skin
- Remove the applicator
- Leave on the skin for up to 10 days
- When edges begin to lift, carefully remove dressing
- Wait 12-24 hours before applying a new dressing
No recovery is needed after the embrace scar therapy system.
Embrace Scar Therapy works best on new scars and should be applied 1-4 weeks after suture removal.
Not Recommended For
Embrace Scar Therapy is not recommended for patients looking to treat acne scars, burn scar, or scars older than 6 months.
Any surgical tape or adhesive skin dressing may irritate the skin upon removal, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. This redness or slight irritation will typically clear up during the 12-24 hour break recommended between applications. Some irritation and redness is normal around the edges of the dressing. If this happens, reposition it slightly higher or lower to avoid direct contact with the irritation when applying the next dressing.