Scarring is a healing process that occurs naturally after an injury or surgery¹. This healing process can result in a good scar, one that is flat, white and not spread, or a bad scar; red, raised off the surface and wide.

How a scar heals depends on several factors, the skill of the surgeon closing the cut after an operation or an injury, but also where the cut is and its direction¹⁰’¹³. Unfortunately, these are not in the patients’ control.

However, the patient can do several things to minimize the eventual scar. Since the Egyptians in 1600BC², many clinical studies show that support of the scar in the first several months is beneficial to achieving the best scar⁴’⁶’¹¹’¹³. I have recommended scar tape for my patients’ scars for over 25 years and that has inspired me to develop my ScaRx®Tape.

I have been pleased with my efforts to minimize scars and have found that with the use of this tape, I revise very few scars. I instruct my patients to apply ScaRx®Tape directly over their scars and overlap the edges for even coverage and support. ScaRx®Tape should be used continuously for three months for the best possible scar.


I have formulated ScaRx®Tape with good hypoallergenic, non-toxic adhesive properties and flexibility to allow it to stay on usually through showering and exercise. One needs to change ScaRx®Tape infrequently, even only once per week.

ScaRx®Tape keeps the healing wound hydrated, sealing in moisture which has been clinically shown to aid in wound healing⁵’⁷’¹³, reducing the scar mass and volume. It also, protects and shields the healing scar from the damaging rays of the sun¹¹.

ScaRx®Tape should not be applied over any open wounds. Also, in the unusual case of blistering or redness, it should be discontinued.

Other forms of treatment, like silicone sheeting and various ointments and gels have not been shown to offer more benefits and are considerably more expensive⁴’⁵’⁹’¹⁰’¹².

 

¹Age-related aspects of cutaneous wound healing: a mini-review.
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Gerontology. 2013;59(2):159-64

 

²Closure of abdominalwounds by adhesive strips: a clinical trial.
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Br Med J. 1975 Sep 20;3(5985):696-8.

 

³Scar management practice and science: a comprehensive approach to controlling scar tissue and avoiding hypertrophic scarring.
Widgerow AD, Chait LA.
Adv Skin Wound Care. 2011 Dec;24(12):555-61.

 

Current concepts in scar evolution and control.
Widgerow AD.
Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2011 Aug;35(4):628-35.

 

Newinnovations in scarmanagement.
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Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2000 May-Jun;24(3):227-34

 

Multimodality scar management program.
Widgerow AD, Chait LA, Stals PJ, Stals R, Candy G.
Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2009 Jul;33(4):533-43.

 

.Recommendations on clinical proof of efficacy for potential scar prevention and reduction therapies.
Bush JA, McGrouther DA, Young VL, Herndon DN, Longaker MT, Mustoe TA, Ferguson MW.
Wound Repair Regen. 2011 Sep;19 Suppl 1:s32-7

 

The role of the epidermis and the mechanism of action of occlusive dressings in scarring.
Mustoe TA, Gurjala A.
Wound Repair Regen. 2011 Sep;19 Suppl 1:s16-21.

 

Strategies for prevention of scars: what can we learn from fetal skin?
Namazi MR, Fallahzadeh MK, Schwartz RA.
Int J Dermatol. 2011 Jan;50(1):85-93.

 

¹The most current algorithms for the treatment and prevention of hypertrophic scars and keloids.
Ogawa R.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Feb;125(2):557-68.

 

¹¹Prevention of hypertrophic scars by long-term paper tape application.
Reiffel RS.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 1995 Dec;96(7):1715-8.

 

¹²Aestheticcomparison of woundclosure techniques in a porcine model.
Tritle NM, Haller JR, Gray SD.
Laryngoscope. 2001 Nov;111(11 Pt 1):1949-51.

 

¹³A randomized, controlled trial to determine the efficacy of paper tape in preventing hypertrophic scar formation in surgical incisions that traverse Langer's skin tension lines.
Atkinson JA, McKenna KT, Barnett AG, McGrath DJ, Rudd M.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Nov;116(6):1648-56; discussion 1657-8.

  

¹Cutaneous scarring: Pathophysiology, molecular mechanisms, and scar reduction therapeutics Part II. Strategies to reduce scar formation after dermatologic procedures.
Tziotzios C, Profyris C, Sterling J.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jan;66(1):13-24

Doctor Recommended

"I have recommended tape to my patients for 25 years!"

Edward Domanskis, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic) WOS