Effectiveness of Embrace Scar Therapy Device After Wound Closure

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"Experimental wound dressing to improve scar appearance"
Age: 18 to 100 years old
Healthy Volunteers: No
Keywords: scar, wound, skin, surgery, embrace, dressing
Type: Device study
50 Participants
Any surgery for the skin will result in a scar. It is thought that tension on the scar may worsen its cosmetic appearance. Numerous treatments were attempted to treat scars and lessen their appearance. This study attempts to determine if the experimental wound dressing, called "Embrace," would decrease the tension on the scar and would result in a better cosmetic appearance.
This study requires

Wounds will be repaired with half being treated with the Embrace device and half using standard stitches. Standardize photos for scar assessment will be taken and compared by physicians to determine which method works better

Who can participate

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Able to give informed consent themselves

  • Patient scheduled for cutaneous surgical procedure along a flat surface suitable to application of the embrace with predicted primary closure.

  • Able to apply dressings themselves.

  • Willing to return for follow up visits.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Mentally handicapped

  • Unable to understand written and oral English

  • Incarceration

  • Under 18 years of age

  • Pregnant Women

  • Wounds with predicted closure length less than 3 cm

  • Patients with known adverse reactions to adhesives

  • Patients with history of collagen vascular disease

Benefits and risks of participating
Surgical scars may not look the same on both sides
No compensation will be provided
Study duration and period
Study is expected to last 3 months.
Recruitment period
From March 15, 2017
Simran Dhaliwal
Research Topic
  • Linear Cutaneous Wound

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