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.
What are the benefits of Scar Therapy?
- Improves physical Appearance.
- Improves sensation.
- Stimulate healing.
- Improves restricted movement.
- Reduce sensitivity and pain.
What may be included in a scar therapy session?
- Scar Assessment
- Product advice
- Scar Work
- LymphaTouch Massage
- Silicone Cupping
- Aftercare Advice
- Self-scar massage techniques
- K- Taping
What are the recommended sessions needed?
The number of treatments will be dependent on your individual scar and what you want to achieve from the sessions. The cause of 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 in your initial consultation and assessment where a treatment plan will be given at the end of the session.
When can I get this treatment?
Scar therapy can begin once all wounds are closed, and scabs have disappeared fully. We may ask to contact your consultant to check if they have any issues, concerns, or restrictions for commencing treatment from surgery. Ideally scar therapy can start approximately 6-14 weeks after surgery. Some more complex and invasive surgical scars may require advice from your consultant prior to commencing any treatment, subsequently we recommend contacting the clinic early to enable us to schedule a suitable time for your appointment.
Would I be eligible for Scar Therapy Treatment?
- C- Sections
- Keyhole Surgery
- Keloid Scars
- Facial Scars
Why would someone receive 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.
Will Scar Therapy help other issues with my scar?
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. Your Freedom Scar therapist, Nicole Burns, is trained to work with the body to improve functional issues due to scars, fibrosis or damage following surgery or injury.