Scar Physical Therapy/Scar Massage & Hydration

Massage techniques to mobilise scarring to improve the appearance of the scar whilst making it freer and more relaxed

Scar massage is a commonly recommended treatment in scar management, but should be applied by experts in scar mobilisation, especially in the early stages of scar formation. Scar massage/mobilisation can be effective for all types of scar from those caused by surgery, or injury; scar massage can benefit new and old, tiny or very large scars.

Massage is effective through the process of mechanotransduction and soft tissue mobilisation which can down regulate collagen production and improve the pliability of the scar.

Not all massage techniques are appropriate for scar and should be applied specifically according to the type and age of the scar. Some scars are confined to the dermal layer (skin) others, especially after surgery cause adhesions/scarring in deeper tissues. Our physiotherapist will assess your scar and provide the most appropriate techniques for your particular scar/symptoms.

Effective hydration of the scar with an appropriate moisturising cream also helps to improve the comfort of the scar and assist in preventing excessive scar production. There is an overwhelming number of creams on the market – we can advise you on the most cost-effective, evidence-based creams for your scar.

  • Tethering – scar mobilisation can loosen scars which are firmly attached to underlying or surrounding tissues; this can improve the look and feel of a scar
  • Pain, hypersensitivity and itch– scar massage may improve such troublesome symptoms
  • Tightness – soft tissue manipulation softens, elongates and increases pliability of scars, this can also improve the range of movement and ease of function
  • Bulk – scar massage may help flatten certain bulky scars; nevertheless, keloid scars are unlikely to benefit.

The therapist will need to access the areas around your scar during treatment, wear comfortable clothes such as tracksuits/shorts or loose-fitting items if you prefer not to undress. If the scar is along the bikini line (such as a hysterectomy or caesarean scar) your modesty is always respected and your underwear will not be removed. The therapist will just need to expose the scar and about 1-2cm into the bikini area.

Scar tissue will never be as functional as pre-injury tissue, and we can’t ‘magic’ your scar away, but even if your scar is many decades old, it is likely to feel softer and looser with treatments.

Treatment Overview

  • Providing treatment to alleviate problematic scarring
  • Relieves tightness, pain and / or itching
  •  Appointments by highly skilled physiotherapist and scar specialist

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"I was treated by Mr Jorge Leon-Villapalos last year. I have honestly never received such good care, Mr Leon-Villapalos is very caring and was very sensitive about my issue. He explained everything in detail. The Scar Clinic booking team also made the whole process easy and hassle free. I would 100% recommend this practice, top notch service!"

"Great staff, and knowledge. I called the clinic after I had a traumatic experience elsewhere which left me with 2nd-degree burns. Very, very pleased with the results of the burn, it disappeared and left no scarring with the dressing and treatment Mr Goutos used. My experience as a whole has been more than pleasant and I would recommend both the clinic and Mr Goutos to all!"

"My experience has been absolutely wonderful - many thanks to Mr Leon-Villapalos and team. He’s been extremely patient in taking time to explain things in full, prompt in answering all the questions I had throughout my recovery. Excellent communicator and very kind indeed. Scrub nurses were lovely, and in general I can’t fault my experience with you at all."

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"The surgeon answered all of my concerns and I felt confident to undergo the procedure and came out feeling confident I received very good care. The staff and nurses gave me personal attention and were quite courteous, they readily gave me any information that I needed. They were particular in helping me go through all the steps I needed in preparation for the procedure. "

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