Silicone gel sheets

What is it?

A silicone gel sheet is a soft, flexible, self-adhesive dressing that is applied over scars. It contains silicone. Silicone can help to improve the colour, height and texture of a scar.  Silicone can also relieve itching and discomfort caused by a scar.

How does it work?

It is not clear exactly how Silicone works on a scar. Some research suggests that the silicone creates a protective barrier over the scar which allows it to mature while helping to prevent production of excess scar tissue. The silicone layer also assists with hydration of the scar.

Where can I get silicone gel sheets?

There are different brands of silicone gel sheet available. Your therapist will assess which one is most suitable for your scar and demonstrate how to use it by providing you with a small sample. We request that your GP provide an ongoing supply. You will be given a letter to give to your GP requesting this.

How do I use a silicone gel sheet?

  • Ensure that the affected area is clean and dry.
  • Wipe off any excess cream if you have been using cream to massage.
  • Remove the protective backing on the sheet and place the sticky side on your skin.
  • Build up your skin tolerance. Wear the sheet for 4 hours daily for two days. Then increase gradually up to the amount of time advised by your therapist.
  • Wash the gel sheet daily using lukewarm soapy water, rinse well and dry by patting it with a non-fluffy towel.
  • Wear the same piece of silicone until it starts to deteriorate, then replace it with a new piece.


  • Do not use the gel sheet on open wounds. If you develop a wound in your scar, remove the gel sheet and keep it safe until the wound is healed.
  • Don’t forget to wash the gel sheet. A buildup of dirt or bacteria may irritate the scar.
  • Do not throw the gel sheet away if you develop any irritation or redness in response to using it. Remove the sheet, wash and dry your skin. Leave the sheet off until the symptoms resolve, then try it again, building up the skin tolerance slowly.

How long should I continue to use a silicone gel sheet on my scar?

90 days is the recommended initial treatment period. However, you may be advised to continue to use it for longer than this by your therapist depending on the appearance and age of the scar.

My GP/Pharmacy cannot order Silicone Gel Sheets—Is there anything I can do?

Inform your therapist and they may be able to assist in resolving the problem.

If this is not possible, you can purchase silicone gel sheets yourself by ordering them on-line.

Please contact your therapy department if you have any concerns or questions.

Contact information

Burns and Plastics Therapy
Therapy Department
369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH

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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
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SW10 9NH
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