A Useful Glossary Of Terms

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• Silicone

a synthetic polymer that when used as a gel has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of scars

• Hydration

increase in water content of the skin

• Occlusion

covering of the skin to prevent air or water vapour from entering or leaving

• Collagen

a protein that is the principal structural component of skin, overproduction of which leads to scarring

• Tone

when used in the context of skin, means the suppleness and elasticity of the skin

• Hypertrophic scar

a scar that is raised above the surface of the surrounding skin

• Keloid scar 

a very raised, unsightly mass of fibrous scar tissue

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