Hypertrophic scar on the abdomen

Management of Scars

Smith & Nephew offers clinically proven treatments for reduction of hypertrophic and keloid scars

Hypertrophic scar on the abdomen after treatment with CicCare


Scars are an inevitable and natural consequence of the healing of most wounds - they are part of the body's healing response.

Under some circumstances or in certain individuals the scars which occur are not normal, forming clinically unacceptable hypertrophic or keloid scars. These problem scars are usually red and raised and can be itchy or painful, they may also hinder movement.

These types of scar are more common amongst burns victims and in darker skin types.

Scar Treatments

Many treatments for scars exist, including laser treatment, pressure garments, steroid injections and use of cosmetics. Silicone gels are a fairly recent technology for treating raised scars, which avoid most of the disadvantages of other treatments.

The current generation of silicone gel treatments includes Cica-Care * , which is a self adhesive gel sheet which has been used by over 1 milion people world-wide. It is clinically proven to reduce scarring and improve the appearance by softening, flattening and fading scars.


More information

CicaCare also has a dedicated website at

This has information on:

  • Clinical Evidence for CicaCare
  • Patient's Exerinces with CicaCare
  • How to use CicaCare
  • Where to obtain CicaCare
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • An email page for contacting us with CicaCare related queries, comments, etc.


Further information on scarring can be found at