An Introduction to Silicone Gel
Silicone is something that is discussed in many different contexts. It has been around and in wide use since the 1940s.
Its properties make it one of the most highly-valued materials in existence. It can be used in supplements; silicone baking equipment; medical, automotive and building supplies; and it appears in an almost endless array of products and industrial applications.
When it is manufactured or milled, silicone can be coloured and shaped into almost any imaginable configuration or style.
It can also be made into a solid or a liquid form, and silicone oil, silicone grease, silicone adhesive and silicone gel all have their own various applications. Silicone can also be formed or shaped while in any of its
formats, and this includes silicone gel sheets, bands and shapes.
Silicone gel has earned a bad, and unfair, reputation in the popular press, but today all of the so-called issues associated with its uses in breast augmentation surgeries have been dealt with in a safe, realistic and effective manner.
Silicone gel is not just the material used to fill breast implants, however, it is also used in a broad range of industrial and manufacturing areas as well. It is also used by the medical industry to address scarring.
Let’s first look at the properties in silicone gel that make it such a popular choice. It is:
· An excellent electrical insulator
· Resistant to water, ultraviolet rays, ozone and oxygen
· Capable of maintaining stability at a huge range of temperatures
· Food safe and virtually non-toxic
· Resilient and flexible even after completing the curing process
· Usable as a solid or liquid
· Resistant to interaction with other chemicals
This is all great news to the manufacturers and industries that need a material which offers safety and flexibility under a wide range of conditions. What kinds of manufacturers and industries does this include? Well, anyone who has purchased one of the very popular bracelets first made famous by Lance Armstrong’s “Livestrong” group will recognize silicone gel. These bracelets rely upon the versatile moulding options the material provides, as well as the resilience and resistance to elements.
Of course anyone who has to deal with coaxial cables on a regular basis will also recognize silicone gel in the various tapes used to make and secure any safe and electrically stable connections. A silicone gel tape will also be able to prevent any UV radiation from escaping the connection and will resist any degradation that would result from such an issue.
It’s impossible to imagine how many modern consumers own equipment like iPods or other portable devices, but the majority of the cases and protective equipment manufactured for these items is made from silicone gel sheeting that is formed into close fitting and yet sturdy covers.
Finally, anyone who has recently been to a dermatologist or physician to discuss their concerns around scars on their body will probably have been offered silicone gel treatment. These are small sheets of silicone gel that are simply placed over the area where the scar appears and which have been determined to improve the look and condition of the skin quickly and safely.
So many more uses than just silicone sealant.
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