Scar tissue management involves techniques and strategies to minimize the formation and appearance of scars, as well as to improve their function and texture. Furthermore, scar tissue can develop as a result of various injuries, surgeries, or medical conditions, and it can cause discomfort, pain, stiffness, and cosmetic concerns.
In our clinic, scar management may include early intervention with massage, stretching, and exercises, as well as the use of topical treatments, such as silicone gel sheets or creams.
Proper management of scars can improve physical function, reduce pain and discomfort, and enhance self-esteem and confidence. Scar tissue management – the right time is essential. The window of opportunity starts as soon as the scar tissue is formed the and wound is dry. However, after 9 months there is limited options.
Different types of scars –
- Difficult scar tissue – Keloid scarring. Tends to occupy a bigger area, bulky scar tissue. Spread beyond the borders of the original wound.
- Hypertrophic scar tissue or excessive scar tissue
Mobilising the scar tissue. This can help with any adhesions. In addition to soft tissue work at the clinic, you will be taught in the appointment how to do it yourself.
Applying ointment – emollient cream, E45, bio-oils.
Silicone gel – mostly for problematic scar tissue or older scar (8 weeks to 9 months)
Zinc oxide taping – pressure on the scar can help to prevent hardening
Education – protection from UV light, right ointment for your skin type.
If you wish to book a session with Rachael for scar tissue management, please press the Book Appointment link and choose a Wollaton clinic for Occupational Therapy.