Scar Management

Anytime surgery is performed, there is a 100% chance of scar formation.

We strive to provide our patients with the least visible scar possible, however, the longer it takes to heal, the greater the likelihood of developing a scar.



Massage

It can take up to a year and a half for scars to fully form. Scar massage is a great tool to decrease scar formation. If your scar is older than 2 years, massage is not a helpful tool.

Why massage?

• Promoting collagen remodeling by applying pressure to scars

• Helping to decrease itching

• Providing moisture and flexibility to the scar


When to massage?

  • Start massage when cleared by your surgeon, typically once any stitches are removed

  • Use the tops of your finger to massage in three directions using as much pressure as feels comfortable,starting with light pressure and increasing to deep pressure.

  • We recommend 5 minutes per inch of scar, 2-3 x a day for the first 6 months after surgery.


Stop massaging if you experience:

Redness, bleeding, the scar feels warmer than the skin around it, or if there is more pain than usual at the site of the scar



Avoid the sun

Scars don’t tan, they burn!

We recommend using SPF 30 or greater when your feet/ ankles are exposed for at least 1 year following surgery/trauma.


Use a moisturizer

The best time to apply a moisturizer to your skin is within the first three minutes after bathing. We recommend the use of a moisturizer daily and incorporating it into your massage.