Silicone Gel for Postsurgical Scars of the Eyelid


To determine whether silicone gel is effective at preventing or minimizing scar formation after eyelid surgery.


  • Scarring Due to Treatment


Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients will be included if they have met the criteria for undergoing upper eyelid ptosis repair or blepharoplasty. This means they have droopiness of the upper eyelids that is visually significant and limiting the patient's visual field.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients will be excluded if they require additional upper eyelid surgery.

Study Design

Study Type
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
All patients
Split-face study: patients undergoing bilateral eye surgery will have the sides of their face randomized to receive either placebo or silicone gel.
  • Device: silicone gel
    Patients who have consented to the study will receive two tubes labeled only "left" and "right", corresponding to the side of the face to which the tube contents will be applied. One tube will contain silicone gel and the other tube will contain aquaphor. Neither the patient nor the surgeon will know what side will receive which treatment. These tubes will be given to patients at post-operative week 1 visit. Patients will be instructed to rub the solution into their eyelid incisions gently with their fingers for 2-3 minutes twice a day

Recruiting Locations

Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York 10467
anne barmettler

More Details

Montefiore Medical Center

Study Contact

Jose Rosado

Detailed Description

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty or ptosis repair is performed when the upper eyelid becomes droopy, which often occurs as a natural part of the aging process. The droopiness of the upper eyelids decreases the ability to see objects in their peripheral vision, causing functional deficits. Additionally, the droopiness can be a cosmetic concern for many. The most effective treatment option is blepharoplasty or ptosis repair.

During routine pre-operative counseling, many patients note a fear of prominent facial scarring. Different techniques have been described in the literature to minimize scarring, from steroid creams to injections to laser therapy; however, there is currently no consensus for long-term management of post-surgical eyelid scars. Specifically, there is no study examining the efficacy of topical silicone gel on eyelid scars, although a few studies have examined its efficacy on other facial scars. Silicone is proposed to aid in healing by regulating fibroblast production, reducing collagen production, and modifying expression of growth factors.

The investigator's study is designed to determine whether topical silicone may prevent significant post-operative eyelid scar formation. It may help clarify whether there is a safe and effective topical treatment for patients undergoing eyelid surgery for whom scarring or cosmesis is a concern. It is the first study of silicone gel on the eyelid and is also prospective, randomized, and double blinded.