The team that created the stress-shielding device includes Reinhold Dauskardt, Geoffrey Gurtner, Michael Longaker and Victor Wong (Photo: Norbert von der Groeben)
The stress-shielding device, which has been shown to dramatically reduce scarring when applied to surgical incisions (Photo: Norbert von der Groeben)
When the sutures are removed from a surgical incision, the natural tension of the surrounding skin starts to pull the two edges of the wound away from one another. While the incision site will still usually heal, that wound-opening mechanical stress causes excessive scar tissue to form. Researchers from Stanford University, however, have created a new type of dressing that removes such stress, and has been shown to dramatically reduce scarring.
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