Multiple modalities of treatment exist for the control of abnormal scars and their associated symptoms. In the literature, the use of occlusive taping is prophylactic. Our aim was to measure the effects of the micropore taping on abnormal scars. Twenty-nine consecutive patients with a total of 42 abnormal scars were entered in a prospective trial. The patient's scars were taped in a specific manner. Both objective and subjective parameters were measured. Scar thickness: 29 (69%) scars demonstrated a decrease with a range of 20–75% and an average of 39% ( n = 42). Scar surface area: eight scars (19%) had a decrease with a range of 3–50% and an average of 19%. Nine scars had an increase. Twenty-five scars had no change ( n = 42). Pain score: the baseline pain score was 0 in three scars and remained unchanged at 10 for one scar. All other 28 scars had a score reduction ( n = 32). Itch score: the baseline itch score was 0 in four scars and an increase of 1 point seen in one scar. All other 27 scars had a score reduction ( n = 32). Scar quality: this remained the same in 12 scars. An improvement was seen in 28 scars ( n = 40). Photographic scoring demonstrated a high rate of decrease in scar redness, flattening and a decrease in the surface shine. Specific scar taping is able to enhance the maturation of the scar and manage the related symptoms. Its use should be extended to managing established keloids and hypertrophic scars.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2011
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