SMTL Dressings Datacard

Product Name: Mepiform
Classification Name: Self-adhesive soft silicone scar treatment dressing
Manufacturer: Mölnlycke Health Care



Mepiform is a thin flexible dressing consisting of a viscose nonwoven fabric bonded to a semipermeable polyurethane membrane. The inner surface of the nonwoven is coated with a layer of soft silicone, which facilitates application and retention of the dressing to intact skin, but does not cause epidermal stripping or pain on removal. The dressing is waterproof but permeable to water vapour.


Mepiform is designed for the management of both old and new hypertrophic and keloid scars.


The manufacturers have identified no absolute contra-indications to the use of Mepiform

Method of use

The skin contact surface of Mepiform is protected by a plastic film that must be removed before use. A dressing should be selected that overlaps the area to be treated by at least one centimetres but larger dressings may be cut to size or shape before removal of the protective film if required.

If necessary, the area to be treated should be cleaned and then thoroughly dried. Then remove the dressing from the film and apply to the affected area with minimum tension, taking particular care to avoid stretching when applying over joints. If used together with an ointment or cream, ensure the dressing covers an area beyond the cream to ensure adequate adhesion. Mepiform is waterproof and can be worn while bathing and showering.

Frequency of Change

Mepiform should ideally be worn 24 hours a day but may be removed once a day for inspection and washing of the skin. The dressing can then be reapplied.

Under normal conditions of use a new dressing should be applied every 3 - 7 days or when the adherent properties of the dressing are no longer sufficient. It may take from 3 months to a year or more to improve and old scar depending upon the condition of the scar tissue


Should maceration or a rash occur, remove the dressing and allow the skin to recover until the symptom has disappeared. Reapply the dressing gradually increasing the time that the dressing is left in position each day. If the symptoms persist, discontinue use and consult a physician for advice.


Mepiform is supplied individually wrapped in paper/plastic laminated peel pouches, sterilised by ethylene oxide.


Mepiform is available in three sizes as follows;


1. Dykes, P. J., Heggie, R., Hill, S. A. Effects of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. J. Wound Care 2001; 10(2): 7-10.


Further information on obtaining Mölnlycke products is available on the Mölnlycke web site.

Revision Details

Revision AuthorDr S. Thomas
Revision No 1.3
Revision date2009/05/21

This datacard has been prepared from data provided by the manufacturer and/or from published literature.

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