A polymer strip stretched over abdominal incisions after the removal of sutures reduced the appearance of scars better than standard wound care in a study of 18 patients. The device, made by Neodyne Biosciences, conforms to the wound and adheres to skin, plastic surgeon Geoffrey C. Gurtner said. "Essentially, you create stress risers in the unwounded skin and a mechanically privileged environment in the wounded skin," he said. A trio of independent plastic surgeons rated photos of the patients and found that none of the treated scars was worse than the control scars, Gurtner said.

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