The Prophylactic Use of a Topical Scar Gel Containing Extract of Allium Cepae, Allantoin, and Heparin Improves Symptoms and Appearance of Cesarean-Section Scars Compared With Untreated Scars
February 2014 | Volume 13 | Issue 2 | Original Article | 176 | Copyright © February 2014
Jorge Ocampo-Candiani MD,a Osvaldo T. Vázquez-Martínez MD,a José Luis Iglesias Benavides MD,b Kristin Buske MD,c Annette Lehn,d and Clemens Acker MDd
aDepartment of Dermatology, Hospital Universitario 'Dr. José E. González', Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, NL, México
bDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Universitario 'Dr. José E. González', Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, NL, México
cTeva GmbH, Ulm, Germany
dMerz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of the topical scar gel, Contractubex, in the early treatment of C-section scars.
MATERIALS & METHODS: A total of 61 females, aged ≥18 years, who had given birth by elective C-section for the first time within the last 5–10 days, were included in this prospective, randomized, single-center study. Patients were advised to apply the topical scar gel twice daily (treatment group), or received no treatment (control group). Efficacy was evaluated at 6 and 12 weeks after a baseline visit using the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale (POSAS), a validated scar assessment tool comprised of a Patient Scale and an Observer Scale.
RESULTS: Analysis revealed a significant change in the POSAS Patient Scale total score, with a 14.2% improvement in the treatment group compared with a decline of similar magnitude (−14.8%) in the control group at week 6. Significant improvements were also seen for POSAS Patient Scale sub-items in the treatment group compared with the control group for scar color (13.6% vs −18.5%, respectively, P=0.0284), stiffness (12.5% vs −34.6%, respectively, P=0.0029), and irregularity (29.4% vs −46.2%, respectively, P=0.0140) after 6 weeks of treatment. No significant changes were observed for the POSAS Observer Scale total score or its subitems after treatment with the topical scar gel, although there was a strong overall trend in favor of the treatment group. No significant adverse events were observed during the study.
CONCLUSION: Contractubex represents an efficacious and well-tolerated preventative treatment that rapidly and significantly improves the color, stiffness and irregularity of C-section scars.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2014;13(1):176-182.