FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
1.What is Laser-SealTM?
A. Laser-SealTM is an occlusive dressing which is applied to the wounded area in a gel form. Within 3-8 minutes, the gel begins to cure to form a thin, semi-transparent membrane with adhesive qualities that supports a moist wound environment.
2.What type of Silicone is used?
A. Laser-SealTM is non-reactive, non-resorbable medical grade silicone. When cured, the dressing allows for the exchange of gases, such as oxygen and water vapor, through the dressing.
3.How is Laser-SealTM applied?
A. Laser-SealTM consists of silicone and a catalyst, each in a separate container. The two components are dispensed via a specially designed applicator gun and mixed together in the applicator tip. Once on the skin, the mixture can be spread with a spatula or a gloved finger.
4.Why is Laser-SealTM superior to flat/sheet dressings?
A. It requires less time to dress the patient, is more effective at maintaining a moist environment, and is more comfortable for patients to wear. Additionally, since Laser-SealTM is mostly transparent, wound visualization is possible without having to remove the dressing.
5.Why is Laser-SealTM superior to ointments?
A. Ointments require a significant time commitment by your patient since they are constantly reapplying, sometimes as many as 15 times per day. Ointments are typically very messy as they will rub off on everything they come in contact with (i.e. clothes, hair, pillows, etc.). Finally, there is a risk that during the night, the wound area may begin to dry out while the patient sleeps which will prolong the recovery time and impact the appearance of the healed wound.
6.How thick should the Laser-SealTM gel be spread?
A. The gel should be generally spread to a thickness of between 1mm (.04”) and 2mm (.08”). It is recommended that it be spread thicker in the perioral area to promote better adhesion.
7.How long does it take to apply Laser-SealTM?
A. An entire face can be covered in less than 10 minutes.
8.How many cartridges will I need for a full face resurfacing?
A. Typically a single 50ML cartridge provides enough Laser-SealTM to cover an entire face.
9.What should the patient do following removal of the Laser-SealTM mask?
A. After mask removal, a moisturizer such as AquaphorTM should be applied to the wound area to avoid desiccation of the skin.
10. How does Laser-SealTM help to promote healing/reepithelization?
A. The Laser-SealTM mask creates a moist healing environment which leverages the natural fluids of the body to speed healing and avoid scabbing which can lead to scarring. In a moist environment, skin cells are able to migrate more quickly and easily, without the formation of scabs, which helps to form new skin faster.
11. Can the patient shower/bathe while wearing the Laser-SealTM mask?
A. Laser-SealTM creates a waterproof barrier against the skin. Patients can shower and bathe; however, care should be taken when washing around the edges of the mask to ensure that it stays intact with the skin. For example, when drying with a towel, the mask area should be gently patted until dry.
12. Is there a risk of infection while wearing Laser-SealTM?
A. Although infection is unlikely, systemic antibiotics are often prescribed to reduce this risk, such as Ciprofloxacins.
13. What if part of the dressing pulls away from the skin?
A. Partial loosening of the mask is not always an indication for removal and/or reapplication of the silicone. A slightly loose mask will still serve the purpose of skin protection and retention of moisture. If an area of the wounded skin is exposed, the patient should apply a moisturizer such as AquaphorTM to keep it most.
14. Is there anything that can be done to prevent loosening of the mask in the perioral area?
A. In order to increase adhesion of the mask in the perioral area, we recommend spreading a thicker layer of Laser-SealTM onto this area.
15. How long should the Laser-SealTM mask be kept on the patient?
A. Ideally, the mask will be worn for 4-5 days. At a minimum, it should be worn for 2 days, which is the period of time that is most critical to the healing of the skin. Laser-SealTM should not be worn for more than seven days.
16. How is the Laser-SealTM mask removed?
A. By the 3rd or 4th day, the perioral silicone loosens, which facilitates removal of the entire mask by segmental, gentle peeling.
17. What should the patient do if seepage occurs?
A. If any seepage is visible around the edges of the dressing it should be gently wiped away with a moist towel or sponge.
18. What if I have left over Laser-SealTM in the cartridge?
A. Any remaining Laser-SealTM can be saved for later use provided a new applicator tip is used with each patient.
19. Can Laser-SealTM be used for dressing wounds other than those following Laser resurfacing?
A. The benefits of Laser-SealTM make it an ideal dressing for a variety of wound types. The moist environment it creates speeds the migration of the skin cells and prevents scabs from forming which can lead to scarring. Since Laser-SealTM is applied as a gel and forms to all contours of the body, it is an ideal dressing for areas which are difficult to dress with other alternatives. Laser-SealTM is a 3 dimensional dressing for 3 dimensional surfaces. Visit the “Other Wound Types” page for more information.