Avocet Polymer Technologies, Inc. is a well-established pharmaceutical company that is dedicated to providing safe and effective therapies for inflamed, painful, and hypertrophic scars.
Avogel ® Hydropolymer Scar Pads
- Relieves pain, itching, and tenderness through stages of scar healing
- Reduces inflammation
- Effectively shrinks, flattens, and fades the scar
- Contains anti-microbial agents
Avogel is composed of water containing polymer mesh which provides moisture, cools scars, and absorbs heat.
Polymer sheetings are widely used to reduce scarring. They work by moisturizing the scar. Avogel is the only approved gel sheeting that contains water, which makes it more effective in moisturizing scars than gel sheeting that contains no water. Also, because Avogel is a hydrogel, it is less expensive and contains preservatives which act to reduce fungal and bacterial growth. Avogel is the preferred choice by health insurance companies. It is available by prescription in pharmacies or by OTC through several online vendors, including Drugstore.com. Whether your scar is from surgery, burns, injury, stretch marks, or acne, you can be sure that Avogel can help make it appear softer, smoother, and less noticeable.
In addition, several reports have shown that hydrogel sheeting is just as effective as silicone sheeting but has fewer adverse side effects. Hydrogel sheeting has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is considered to be substantially equivalent to silicone for treatment of hypertrophic scars.
Avogel’s soft, flexible hydrogel sheeting uses the natural adhesive and flexible properties of water, which allows it to conform to the irregularities of the scar and stay in place with minimal additional attachment. Avogel works by acting as a barrier to prevent heat and water loss through the skin, which increases scar hydration and temperature. The trapped moisture helps to soften the scar, making it easier to remodel as the hydrogel increases the skin’s permeability for drug delivery. The increased temperature brings a fourfold increase in the activity of the main scar degradation enzyme, collagenase. For more information, please see our list of related scientific publications.
80% of scars became softer, less elevated, and returned toward normal skin color.
100% of patients experienced improvement in symptoms of pruritis, pain, and tenderness.
Avogel® is an FDA approved water-based gel pad called a hydrogel. It is soft and flexible which allows direct contact with scar tissue, including the pits and steep contours of irregular scars. Avogel is intended to soften, flatten, and fade red, dark, or raised hypertrophic and keloid scars resulting from surgery, burns, and injury. Use of Avogel is effective in reducing scar firmness and in relieving the pruritus (itching), pain, and tenderness often associated with hypertrophic and keloid scars. Avogel has been shown to be most effective in improving scars less than six months.
Avogel is intended only for use on a wound scar with minimal to no drainage. Avogel is not intended to be placed in direct contact with bodily fluids. Do not use on children with flu-like symptoms. Do not use Avogel while swimming or bathing. Do not wear Avogel for more than 18 hours to avoid maceration. Discontinue use in the event of itching, rash, reddening, pain, swelling, or other signs of discomfort. Contact your physician if signs of infection occur, (increased pain, swelling, redness, or drainage) if a rash or odor develops, or if any other unexpected symptoms occur.
Directions for Use
- Wash and dry hands; gently cleanse the scar and surrounding area with mild soap before application. Ensure that the scar and surrounding skin are clean and dry.
- Remove the Avogel sheet from the foil pouch by pulling apart the layers from the top right corners of the foil pouch.
- Unfold the white protective sheet and let it serve as your work area.
- With scissors, trim the Avogel to the size of the scar, allowing at least one inch of the sheet to extend beyond the scar.
- Peel the blue plastic backing off the Avogel. Save the plastic backing for storing Avogel after use.
- Gently press the adhesive side of the Avogel over the scar so it fits firmly over the contours of the scar. Make sure the edges of the Avogel extend one inch beyond the scar border. Netting, gauze, cloth bandages, stretch or pressure garments may be worn over the Avogel to keep it in place.
- Place the unused portion of the Avogel back into the foil pouch and store it in the re-sealable bag provided. Store it at room temperature.
Wear the Avogel continuously for a minimum of 12 hours each day.
CLEANING & STORAGE
After treatment, wash the Avogel with warm water and a mild soap (Do not use harsh cleaning agents like dish detergents). Dry the Avogel with a clean cloth. Replace the blue backing on the adhesive side of the Avogel. Store the Avogel in the re-sealable bag provided and store at room temperature.
DURATION OF USE
Most patients will view an improvement in the appearance of their scar approximately two weeks after the first application of Avogel. Symptomatic relief may be experienced sooner. The average treatment period is approximately 8 weeks, depending upon the age and size of the scar. For best results, continue using Avogel for four weeks after the scar has reached desirable appearance.
BENEFITS OF TREATMENT
In clinical studies, Avogel has promoted improvement in scar symptoms of itching (pruritus), pain, and tenderness of scars. Also, scars have become softer, less elevated and returned toward normal skin color. Avogel is non-invasive and thus has no risk of causing additional scarring.
Consumers can obtain additional information and re-order Avogel by calling Avocet Polymer Technologies, Inc at our toll-free number (866) 352 - SCAR (7227)
Avosil® Scar Gel
- Soothes tender scars
- Reduces inflammation
- Effective scar moisturizer
- Hypoallergenic and Noncomedogenic
- Diminishes scar appearance
- Contains antioxident properties
Avosil is a scar tissue ointment which contains a safe, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) derivative. Avosil improves the comfort and appearance of scars resulting from surgery, radiation, injury or burns. In addition, Avosil is a highly effective moisturizer with antioxidant properties. Unlike other products, Avosil is not a plant extract: all ingredients are known, carefully chosen, tested, extensively referenced in scientific and medical literature, and its safety is well-established.
Avosil is a liquid hydrophilic wax developed in collaboration with physicians and biochemists at leading medical centers in the US. Avosil uses effective, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents including salicylate to reduce scar inflammation without the limiting side effects of steroids. It is specifically formulated to prevent the over-hydration of the epidermis and to facilitate the maintenance of epidermal barrier function. For more information, please see our list of related scientific publications.
Avosil is best used after surgery or trauma. It should be used on closed wounds after reepithelialization has occurred. It should be applied to the wounded tissue for 6-8 weeks, once or twice daily. The reduction in signs of inflammation and in pain around the incision is readily noted soon after application. Unlike atrenal corticosteroids, Avosil does not produce hypopigmentation or fat atrophy. Avosil has been found to be effective for many burn victims and patients who have recently underwent surgical procedures.
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Avosil is intended for use in the management of hypertrophic and keloid scars.
Intended Use and Benefits
Avosil is an advanced polymer formulation that contains two different size polymers, one to prevent bacterial adhesion to the skin and the other to enhance the absorption of the active ingredients into the skin.
It is effective in relieving the pruritus (itching), pain, and tenderness often associated with hypertrophic and keloid scars. Avosil has been shown to be most effective in improving the appearance of scars less than six months old. Avosil may also be effective in improving the appearance of some older scars.
Do not use Avosil if you have an aspirin allergy.
Do not use on children with cold or flu symptoms.
Directions for Use
- Wash and dry hands completely before use. For large scars, it is best to use gloves to apply Avosil.
- Gently cleanse the scar and surrounding skin with mild soap before application. Ensure that the scar and surrounding skin are clean and dry.
- Use sterile gloves or a clean application (e.g. tongue depressor) to apply Avosil. Apply a generous layer to the area of treatment and gently rub in.
- Use once or twice daily. For the first few days of treatment, Avosil may be applied more frequently to control itching and discomfort. Once discomfort is controlled, reduce the frequency of application.
- It is most effective to wait 30 minutes before covering the treated area with any highly-absorptive dressings.
Avosil is not intended for open wounds or internal use. Wait 7 days after a skin graft has completely healed before using Avosil. Discontinue use in the event of itching, rash, redness, pain, swelling or other signs of discomfort.
DURATION OF USE
Most patients will observe symptomatic relief of pruritus, pain and tenderness in approximately two weeks. Patients usually observe an improvement in the appearance of their scar approximately four weeks after the first application of Avosil. The average treatment is approximately 8 weeks, depending on the age and size of the scar.
For best results: Continue using Avosil for four weeks after the scar has reached the desired appearance.