What are scars and how can embrace® help?
Following an injury or incision, the healing process begins–triggering the formation of scars.
The healing process consists of three phases:
Reparative cells enter the area to initiate the healing process. This phase lasts between 3-5 days.
Cells rapidly divide to produce collagen, which provides the structure for scar tissue to grow on, filling gaps made by the wound.
At this point, the wound is closed and filled with dry scar tissue. During this phase, tension pulling on the skin can lead to widened, thickened and darker scars.
Types of scars
embrace® is an FDA-cleared scar treatment indicated to treat hypertrophic and keloid scars.
Hypertophic scars are typically raised, thickened and widened areas where collagen has collected over a repaired incision or healing wound. Using embrace early in the development of hypertophic scars can greatly reduce the amount of collagen that forms and minimize the widened and thickened appearance of a scar before it ever develops.
Keloid scars are raised scars that form when excessive amounts of cells collect and create a raised growth. These continue to grow and may extend beyond the boundaries of the wound or healing incision. Studies have shown that by controlling the healing site, embrace can help lead to reduced keloid formation during the healing process.
Multiple peer-reviewed, randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that by relieving the tension created during the healing process for weeks after surgery, embrace® can dramatically and significantly reduce the appearance of scars. Embrace® works by actively relieving the skin’s natural tension and shielding the wound from body movement and stresses during the healing process while stabilizing the surrounding tissue. Through its unique mechanism of action, embrace® Active Scar Defense helps prevent the formation of scars before they even start.