What is Scar Therapy?
Scar therapy is a common non-invasive treatment method developed to stimulate the body and help remodel scar tissue that has developed after an injury or trauma to the skin. Scar therapy can be used after surgery, fracture, or burn to generate changes in the appearance, sensation, and movement of the scar tissue. Following your consultation and assessment, your treatment will be tailored to focus on areas of tightness and tension around your scar and the underlying fascia, muscles, and any fibrotic tissue.
Why have Scar Therapy?
Scar massage is considered an effective way to decrease the build-up of scar tissue and adhesions below the superficial layers of skin and help make scars appear less noticeable. Pain and discomfort are not always felt at the source of the problem. Scar massage is a holistic approach combining understanding of any discomfort or pain, with assessing movement and mobility across the body as well as directly around the scar. Scar Massage is often considered to be most effective on immature scar tissue (less than two years old) however may still help with older scars depending on how the scar was achieved.
When can I get this treatment?
Scar therapy can begin once all wounds are closed, and scabs have disappeared fully. If it’s a serious injury or major surgery, we may ask to contact your consultant to check if they have any issues, concerns, or restrictions for commencing treatment. Ideally scar therapy can start approximately 6-14 weeks after a surgery. Depending on how complicated and invasive your surgery and recovery has been larger and more intense surgeries can take longer for the deeper layers in the body to fully repair and knit together. If you can get in contact with our clinic early as we may need to speak to your consultant, and we can therefore schedule an appointment at a time to suit your recovery.
Am I eligible for scar therapy?
- Keyhole Surgery
- Burn Scarring
- C- Sections
- Facial Scars
- Keloid Scars
I am happy with how my scar looks, but it causes other problems – Will Scar therapy help?
Patients often seek help due to problems that are not resolving after they have a scar or trauma to the body. This can include pain and sensory issues such as numbness, hypersensitivity, limited or poor range of movement. As a therapist, Nicole is trained at working with the body to improve functional issues after a surgery or injury leaves scar tissue, fibrosis, and damage.
Benefits of Scar Therapy:
- Release Tightness.
- Stimulate and boost healing.
- Help restricted movement.
- Reduce sensitivity and pain.
- Improve Appearance.
- Support for emotional wellbeing.
Treatment Sessions may involve:
- Assessment of Scars
- Scar Massage
- Scar Work
- LymphaTouch Vacuum Massage
- Scar cupping (Only in later stages)
- Aftercare Advice
- At home self-scar massage techniques
- Advice on products
- K- Taping
How Many sessions will it take to see a change?
The number of treatments will be dependent on your individual scar and what you want to achieve from the sessions. How you achieved your scar, the age, size, and depth will also play a part in distinguishing how many sessions you may need to see a change. Usually, 4-8 treatments are recommended between 1-4 weeks apart. However, this will all be discussed with your therapist (Nicole) in your initial consultation and assessment where a treatment plan will be given at the end of the session. Most appointments last 45 mins to an hour. Individual appointments are £55. A block booking of 5 appointments is £247.50 (£49.50 per appointment).