Additional Product Information from Molnlycke:
Recommended areas of use:
- Old and new hypertropic and keloid scars
- Closed wounds which may prevent the formation of hypertrophic and keloid scars.
Manufacturer's suggested wear time: 24 hours a day. Re-apply up to 7 days.
Always consult your physician before starting any wound care regimen.Benefits of Mepiform
How Mepilex Border Works
- Conforms well to body contours
- Vapour-permeable and waterproof
- Adheres gently to fragile tissue and skin ensuring removal with minimal trauma and pain
- No extra fixation is needed
- May be cut to size
- Thin, flexible and discreet
- May be worn for daily activities
- May be re-allied
- May be used for several days
Topical silicone has empirically been shown to have a positive impact on hypertrophic scars and keloids. Mepiform should be worn for a minimum of 12 hours daily, and if possible 24 hours per day, with twice daily washing. The dressing can be reapplied. It may take from 3 months up to a year or more to improve an old scar, depending on the condition of the scar tissue. For prophylactic treatment, Mepiform treatment should begin soon after surgical closure, when the incision has fully epithelialised, and be continued for at least 1 month. Several clinical studies have shown that topical treatment with silicone gel sheeting has a positive impact on scar formation.Safetac Technology
Safetac is a patented soft silicone adhesive technology. Dressings with Safetac technology are atraumatic upon removal. These dressings minimise trauma to the wound and the surrounding skin, which minimizes pain to the patient. The risk of maceration is minimized by sealing the wound margins.
Safetac Soft Silicone Layer
- Atraumatic to skin on removal
- Adheres gently yet securely to skin
- High MVTR
- Moisture proof backing
Mepiform is made of a thin and pliable polyurethane, viscous, nonwoven backing covered with a soft silicone Safetac layer (for details see Safetac Technology). The Safetac layer is protected by a polyolefin release film. Application
Dressing change and removal
- 1. Open the packaging and remove the dressing.
- 2. If necessary, cut to appropriate size allowing overlap of minimum 1 cm.
- 3. When applying Mepiform, make sure the area is dry. When used together with ointment or cream, ensure the dressing covers an area beyond the cream.
- 4. Remove the release film and apply Mepiform over the scar. Avoid stretching when applying over joints.
- 1. Mepiform should optimally be worn for 24 hours a day. Remove the dressing once per day for inspection and washing of the skin. The dressing can then be reapplied. Mepiform does not have to be washed/cleansed.
- 2. Mepiform should under normal conditions be changed every 3 - 7 days or when the adherent properties of the dressing are no longer sufficient.
- 3. Mepiform is waterproof and can be worn while bathing and showering.
Should maceration or rash occur, remove the dressing and allow the skin to recover until the symptom has disappeared, then continue treatment gradually increasing therapy time. If the symptom persists, discontinue use and consult a physician for advice.Sterility and Storage
Sterility is guaranteed unless inner package is damaged or opened prior to use. Do not re-sterilise.Commonly Asked Questions
What is Mepiform?
Mepiform is a micro-thin, self-adherent soft silicone dressing for scar care.
How does Mepiform work
Silicone gel dressings have empirically been shown to have positive impact on red and raised scars (hypertrophic scars and keloids). However, the mechanism of action for silicone on scars is not yet completely understood. Mepiform is designed to flatten, soften and fade red and raised scars, thus making them less visible.
For which types of scars can I use Mepiform?
Mepiform is ideal for the treatment of both old and new scars that are red and raised. Mepiform can also be used on newly healed closed wounds to prevent the formation of red and raised scars.
What kind of scars is not suitable for treatment?
Mepiform has no effect on old, flat, white scars.
How long time does it take before I see any result?
The length of treatment time will differ from person to person and depends on the condition and the age of the scar. First results may be seen as quickly as two months, however, the improvement of the scar may continue for up to a year under treatment.
As a preventative treatment Mepiform may be used for at least 1 month. The effectiveness of the treatment is dependent on the wearing time. Mepiform is designed to be worn 24 hours per day for optimum results. Since Mepiform is thin, comfortable and conforms well to body contours it can be worn during most daily activities.
Will my scar dissapear completely?
Mepiform can soften, fade and flatten your scar and improve the appearance of your skin. However, some evidence of the scar may remain.
Can Mepiform be used on children?
Yes, when used as directed it is safe to use on children.
How soon can Mepiform be used after an injury?
Mepiform can be used as soon as the wound is completely closed. Do not use on open, infected wounds or over scabs.
If my scar is bigger than the dressing, may I join pieces together?
You can use more than one dressing and join pieces together edge to edge. You can also cut the dressing to the size and form desired.
What is Mepiform made of?
Mepiform consists of a polyurethane and viscose non-woven laminate covered with a soft silicone gel.
Will Mepiform prevent scarring?
Mepiform can be used on newly healed closed wounds to prevent the formation of red and raised scars.
Is there clinical evidence that Mepiform works?
There are several clinical studies confirming that Mepiform works, please see Reference list.
Should Mepiform be cleaned?
No. Mepiform does not have to be cleaned. Mepiform should be changed when the dressing no longer sticks in place, which generally occurs after 3-7 days usage, depending on the location of the scar area.
Is there any consensus among professionals in scar treatment
There is a consensus for silicone gel sheeting in scar management by an international group of professionals scar experts; International Clinical Recommendations on Scar Management. Mustoe TA et al. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2002 Vol. 110, No 2, 560-57
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