Stratamed Scar Gel

The advanced film-forming wound dressing

Stratamed Scar Therapy Gel

Characteristics and benefits

Stratamed is an advanced, transparent, and semi-occlusive film-forming wound dressing used after surgery, full field procedures (i.e. ablative laser) or on deeper wounds. Stratamed has been developed with a special consistency to ensure that it remains in stronger contact with the wound bed or damaged surface.

Flexible, full contact

Stratamed dries to form a thin and flexible protective film which remains in constant contact with the damaged skin.

Reduced downtime

Stratamed reduces downtime by creating an optimal environment for faster wound healing.

Bacteriostatic

Stratamed protects the compromised skin from microbial invasion and does not promote bacterial growth.

Symptom relief

Stratamed provides symptomatic relief from itching, burning and discomfort, as well as reduces redness and swelling.

Non-reactive

Stratamed is inert, has no measurable pH value, contains no alcohol, parabens or fragrances. This makes it suitable for children and people with sensitive skin.

Medical device

Stratamed is registered as a European class IIa, TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and FDA listed Class I medical device (wound dressing). It is suitable for the use on open wounds, and mucosa (e.g. Nasal, oral and urethral)

How does Stratamed work?

  • Stratamed dries to form a thin, flexible, protective layer that is gas permeable and waterproof. It hydrates and protects compromised skin areas and open wounds from chemical and microbial invasion.
  • Epidermal cells are able to move to the surface of the dermis through wound exsudate which collects at the wound dressing interface.
  • This environment prevents secondary tissue damage resulting from dehydration.
  • This environement promotes enzymatic autolytic debridement.
  • Wound exudate, which carries a number of growth factors essential to the healing of wounds, is kept protected in the wound-dressing interface.
  • Stratamed emulates the epidermal barrier and helps enhance the healing of wounds. Stratamed prevents water loss while maintaining the oxygen transfer rate.
  • The wound is kept in an optimal environment for healing.

Who can use Stratamed?

  • Stratamed is designed for all skin types. It is suitable for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, children or people with sensitive skin.
  • Stratamed is transparent and odorless. It does not contain alcohol, fragrances or parabens.
  • Stratamed always remains on top of the wound bed or newly formed granulation tissue.
  • Stratamed is suitable for all skin types.
  • Stratamed is non-reactive with no measurable pH.
  • Stratamed is easy to use at home.
  • Stratamed may be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

How to use Stratamed?

  • Apply once daily, or twice daily to exposed areas or as advised by your doctor.
  • For best results, Stratamed should maintain continuous contact with the skin (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week).

Applying Stratamed

Step 1: Prepare your skin

Ensure that the affected skin or superficial wound is clean. Gently pat dry as much excess exudate or wound fluid from the area as possible prior to the gel application.

Step 2: Apply Stratamed

Apply a very thin layer of Stratamed directly to the affected area.

Step 3 A: Without Secondary Dressing

  • Allow the gel to dry
  • When applied correctly, Stratamed should be dry in 5–6 minutes.
  • If it takes longer to dry, you have probably applied too much. Gently remove any excess gel with a tissue or paper towel and allow the drying process to continue.

Step 3 B: With Secondary Dressing

  • Cover with secondary dressing
  • Apply a thin layer of Stratamed, then cover with a secondary dressing. Drying is not necessary.
  • Stratamed should be reapplied when changing the dressing, when checking the wound progress, or as advised by your doctor.

Step 4: You are ready to go!

Once dry, Stratamed can be covered with clothes, sunscreen or cosmetics.

Removing Stratamed

Remove from skin

Excess Stratamed on your hands can be easily removed by washing them with liquid soap and warm water. Repeat if necessary.

Remove from clothes

Stratamed may stain clothing if not completely dry. If staining occurs, dry cleaning should be able to remove it without damaging the fabric.

Recommended duration of treatment

  • Stratamed is recommended to be used immediately post procedure until the skin has fully recovered.
  • For resurfacing and ablative procedures, continued use is recommended for a minimum treatment period of 30 days (24 hours a day / 7 days a week) or until no further improvement is seen.
  • For abnormal scar prevention, Stratamed is recommended for a minimum treatment period of 60 – 90 days (24 hours a day / 7 days a week). Larger scars may require a longer treatment.
  • Continued use is recommended until no further improvement is seen.

What is the correct tube size for me?

Stratamed gel is a unique formulation which requires substantially less product per application than typical moisturizing creams or barrier ointments.

Stratamed 10 g is enough to treat a 5-8 cm linear incision twice per day for over 90 days.

Caution

  • For external use only.
  • Stratamed should not be placed in contact with the eyes.
  • Stratamed should not be applied over other skin treatments without the advice of your doctor.
  • Stratamed may stain clothing if not completely dry.
  • Should your wound show signs of infection or fail to heal, consult your doctor.
  • If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult your doctor.
  • Not suitable for wet, highly exudative, tunneling wounds or 3rd degree burns.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Do not use after the expiration (EXP) date printed on the tube.

Stratamed – Clinical efficacy for post procedure care, wound healing and scar prevention.

After a number of successful clinical trials, Stratamed proved to be high in safety, efficacy and ease of use. They revealed large number of procedures which would benefit from use of Stratamed. This makes Stratamed an excellent addition to any wound care protocol without changing it.

The Safety, Efficacy, and Tolerability of a Novel Silicone Gel Dressing Following Dermatological Surgery

Sandhofer M, Schauer P (2012)
SkinMed, November/December 2012, Volume 10, Issue 6, Supplement 1
Dermatologic Surgery, Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2014

Successful Treatment of Non-healing Scalp Wounds Using a Silicone Gel

Monk E, Benedetto EA, Benedetto AV (2014)
Dermatologic Surgery, Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2014, p. 76–79
Case Report. International Journal of Dermatology, Volume 55, Issue 1

Erosive Pustular Dermatosis Successfully Treated with a Novel Silicone Gel

Uva L, Aphale AN, Kehdy J, Benedetto AV. (2015)
Case Report. International Journal of Dermatology, Volume 55, Issue 1, January 2016, p.89–91
Dermatologic Surgery, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 2017

Importance of Scar Prevention and Treatment An Approach From Wound Care Principles

Marini L, Odendaal D, Smirnyi S (2017)
Dermatologic Surgery, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 2017, p. 85-90

Is Stratamed suitable to use for children?

Yes, Stratamed is completely biocompatible, inert and is intended for the use for both, children and people with sensitive skin.

Does Stratamed have any odor?

No, Stratamed is odorless.

Is Stratamed suitable to use during pregnancy?

Stratamed is suitable to use during pregnancy for both, mother and unborn child.

Does Stratamed have an expiry date?

Stratamed has an expiry date of five years after manufacturing. This date is imprinted on every box (side flap) and tube (end seal) in the format year-month (e.g. EXP 2018-09 or 13-09).

The gel does not dry within the recommended time. What is the reason for this?

When applied correctly, Stratamed should be dry in 5-6 minutes. If it takes longer to dry you have probably applied too much. Gently remove the excess with a tissue and allow the drying process to continue.

Can Stratamed be used in conjunction with other medications?

Do not apply any other product underneath Stratamed. Applying medications on top of Stratamed will have no effect because, by design, it will not be able to pass through the Stratamed film. If an infection is present, have it treated prior to beginning your Stratamed treatment.

When can I start to apply Stratamed after surgery?

You can start to apply Stratamed immediately after suturing.

Is Stratamed sterile?

Yes, Stratamed is sterile until opened. Additionally, Stratamed is bacteriostatic (it hinders bacteria from reproducing, while not necessarily harming them otherwise), which makes it suitable to use on open wounds or compromised skin.

Can Stratamed be used with a secondary dressing?

Yes, Stratamed can be covered with a secondary dressing. The gel does not need to dry before applying a secondary dressing and can be covered immediately.

Can Stratamed be used on lips?

Stratamed is suitable to be used on lips. Stratamed may need to be applied more frequently when used on lips.

Can Stratamed be used on eyelids?

Yes, Stratamed goes through an evaporation process during the drying phase which may cause the eyes to sting temporarily. This stinging will cause no harm.

What are the advantages of using Stratamed gel instead of physical wound dressings?

There are delicate areas where it is very difficult or impossible to use physical dressings:

  • Areas with high mobility
  • Areas with high friction
  • Wet skin (mucosa), hindering adherence
  • Areas with higher hygienic requirements (e.g. perineum)

Physical dressings, including silicone dressings, do not create a full contact surface because air bubbles form underneath. Delicate areas like the eyes, nostrils and lip contours remain exposed and subjected to irritation due to the adhesive tape. Stratamed is an advanced film-forming wound dressing in the form of a self-drying silicone gel. Stratamed is flexible, adaptable, and creates a full-contact surface.

Are there any side effects associated with the use of Stratamed?

There have been no side effects observed with the proper use of Stratamed. The ingredients in Stratamed are completely compatible with human biology. However, if redness, pain or skin irritation should occur, discontinue treatment and consult your doctor.

Is Stratamed visible on my skin?

No. Stratamed is a transparent wound dressing.

Are there any known allergies to Stratamed?

There are no known allergies to Stratamed. Stratamed is an inert, biocompatible and non-transdermal polymer. Irritation, sensitivity and acute toxicity testing was conducted and no adverse reactions have been noted.

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