One of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of scars.
Although a scar might not be a big concern after undergoing surgery, it is important to understand the physical and phycological effects of scars. They remind us of a possible traumatic experience and even if we understand that they are a sign of a battle our body has faced and won – most of us are still concerned about the appearance of scars.
The truth is, scars are very complex but also very simple. They are the result of our skin’s natural response to keeping us safe by restoring damaged tissue. When the skin is wounded, whether for a surgery, cut or burn, our skin goes into “survival mode” to repair as fast as possible. This natural reaction causes an overproduction of collagen that closes the wound site – the sudden over production of collagen is what results in a scar.
Depending on the type of wound, some scars can be pale and flat. Others can be raised, sunken or have a different tone and texture from your normal skin. Scars are usually permanent in nature – except for minor wounds. However, there are certain factors that can improve or worsen the appearance of a scar overtime.
To gradually improve the appearance of a scar, it is important to be consistent and to allow time to heal – did you know most scars take up to 1 year to fully heal? The way you treat your scar during the first year is crucial. Here are the most practical ways to help your body heal in the most efficient way possible.
- Follow your doctor’s advice when the wound/incision is new.
We all know that it is always important to keep a wound clean to prevent infection. For major procedures such as surgery – it crucial to follow your doctor’s recommendations to avoid possible complications to the wound site. For minor burns and cuts, it is still important to keep the wound site clean and dry as this allows the body to focus on building and repairing the damaged skin and forming healthy scar tissue.
- It is important to massage the scar tissue after it the wound is closed.
Massaging scar tissue has been clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of it. A massage improves blood flow and can allow for the collagen built up to be gently broken down. With consistency, massaging your scar can significantly improve the appearance and elasticity of your scar, which is very important for mobility -- specially for scars located near the joints.
Before you start massaging your scar tissue, your scar has to be in a good place and ready. Do not massage until your wound or incision has fully closed. Meaning there are no scabs or any other signs that could indicate that massaging may re-open the wound.
- Timing is crucial
Massaging your scar to improve its elasticity and appearance is most effective during the first year while the scar is still forming and healing. During this time, maintaining a scar massage routine can:
- Decrease scar tissue build up
- Increase blood flow to the area and improve the healing process
- Helps regain feeling to the affected area and decrease numbness, itching or tingling.
- Increases range of movement and elasticity
- Drains excess fluid from the area to reduce swelling
Now that you understand the many benefits, you may be wondering how can I massage my scar effectively? The answer is: It all depends on the type of wound.
Most scars can be safely massaged at home, other major surgery scars will require the help of a qualified professional. If you are lucky to have a scar that can be massaged at home, here are a few recommendations on how to effectively massage your scar:
- In the early stages (first few weeks after the wound is closed), try to massage the scar 2-3 day for 5 min.
- Vitamin A and E have been shown to help increase skin elasticity. To increase elasticity, reduce friction and to lubricate the scar use an oil while massaging. You can use a product such as Bio-Oil Skincare Oil which has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of scars.
- When massaging the scar, use your thumb or find and firmly massage in a circular motion until the oil has been fully absorbed into the skin.
- It is also recommended to gently stretch the skin around your scar and then continue massaging in a circular motion.
Our body’s ability to repair itself is truly remarkable. Although scars are permanent in nature, we can assist our body’s natural healing ability in order to repair the skin in the best way possible. Bio-Oil Skincare Oil has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Its unique formulation contains vitamin A and E, rosemary, lavender, calendula and chamomile essential oils delivered deep into the skin with our breakthrough ingredient Purcellin oil. Bio-Oil Skincare Oil is effective to keep your skin supple, increasing elasticity and it helps to provide deep nourishment to your skin. Good things always take time! Improving the appearance of your scar is one of them.