Silicone gels and sheets – silicone can help prevent and treat scars, making them less red and more pliable (flexible).
Scar creams – keeping a scar hydrated helps prevent excessive scarring. Creams can also improve scars and keep them comfortable.
Pressure garments – pressure garments are measured just for you and help to reduce the height and redness of scars; they may also improve the comfort of the scar.
Stretching and exercise – if you scar is ‘stuck’, ‘tight’, painful or stiff whether within the skin or in deeper tissues, a programme of tailored stretch and exercise will help. Stretch and exercise is often given in combination with scar massage, and other invasive treatments.
Desensitisation – some scars are very sensitive, even when touched by things that normally would not hurt. Physiotherapy can help reduce this sensitivity.
Scar massage – the composition of scar is different from skin, often the scar is more rigid, less flexible and sometimes stuck to underlying tissues. The therapist uses scar massage techniques to mobilise your scar to make it freer and more relaxed. This can increase comfort and movement, help you return to more activities and improve how the scar looks.
LPG (Endermologie) – this is a technology that has a very powerful effect on scars. It is a mechanical device that massages the scar but has additional benefits in terms of fibroblast stimulation. LPG can improve the look and feel of your scar; it is especially useful in enhancing the flexibility (pliability) of your scar.