Scar formation is the natural process the body goes through when it heals an area of skin that has been injured. When the skin is damaged either from a burn, trauma, or surgery, a scar forms as a normal part of healing. Some people form scars that are large, red, and uncomfortable. Whether or not you will form this type of scar is hard to predict. Scar massage is one technique used to prevent or lessen scarring. Once your sutures are removed, your graft is holding in place, and you have no open areas, you are ready to begin scar massage.
Your therapist will show you the best method for scar massage. Massage should be done firmly especially if adhesions are present. These steps should be done 4 – 6 times a day.
- Apply lotion (Elta Lite®, Eucerin®, Keri®, Nivea®) over your scar. Lotion will soften your scar and also help to remove old skin and debris.
- Rotate two fingers clockwise then counter-clockwise making small circles along the scar.
- Pinch the scar up on either side of the scar along its entire length.
- Gently twist clockwise and counter-clockwise.
- Rub two fingers along your scar, pushing each finger in an opposite direction from the other. This method works well, but you may need some help from others.
If you need to contact your therapist for any reason, please call:
____ Karen Willems OTR - phone # 608-263-8060
____ Cindy Maruna PT - phone # 608-263-8060
____ Other____________________ - 608-263-8060
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Last Updated: 07/22/2011
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