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Scar massage?

Scar massage?

Postby Shadowgal » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:52 pm

I believe it was Myturn in another thread that stated to massage your scar to break up scar tissue.

Can anyone fill me in on this? How often..how hard and so on? I do have blood clots along the scar line...I can feel the bumps under the skin...will massaging help to break them down?

I'd appreciate any input/advice anyone has on this one.
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Postby r41pi » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:02 pm

I was gonna ask this too.

And how soon after sx do you start?
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Postby cookiesandcream » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:43 pm

My PS told me to massage twice a day with a scar cream. I actually only do it once a day, though. I just massage in a circular motion over the whole scar until the cream is dry. it takes me about 5 minutes.
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Postby happygirl74 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:47 pm

I try and massage my belly once a day. I do it for 15-20 minutes and start from my incision and rub upwards, then my sides inwards and along my ribcage. Supposedly you should rub towards your heart. I rub with moderate pressure but I'm 3 1/2 mo. PO. I think it helped a lot earlier on but I still do it because it feels good and I think it does help some with swelling. I use Bio-Oil and love it.
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Postby faithb » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:09 am

I started massaging my scar at 6 weeks post op. Small, firm, circular motions. I do this in the shower morning and/or night. Just a few minutes each time. Sometimes I'll use Palmer's Cocoa Butter, too. I do the same to my BB. I'd like to spend a little more time with the massage, but I get as much in as I can - some days more than others. My scar is really thin and flat, just still pink.
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Postby myturn07 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:35 am

Hi there, yep, it was probably me, I am all about massaging! :wink:

Do your entire torso also, this will help settle tissue and reduce swelling. My PS recommended 3x a day for 15 minutes, I used my hand, moderate pressure initially and cocoa butter. I then switched to a battery operated 6" round massager that I got for 10 bucks at CVS. Someone the other day mentioned taking a glass from the kitchen and rolling stomach....others have used a small paint roller.

It will feel freaky in the beginning, but I guarantee it will make you feel better!

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Postby 4kidsmumtum » Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:27 pm

This freaks me out a bit ! I have yet to TOUCH my incision :lol: Which brings me to 'when is your incision not an incision anymore and is a scar?' - I thought it was months and months out that it's considered healed enough to be called a scar? Mine is a thin, red, but kind of angry looking line. Like skin that's just been pressed together. Wouldn't I worry about getting stuff (oil, cream) actually inside the incision/scar?
I know I'm being a big baby with the not touching thing, but my stomach is so numb and rubbery that I'm weirded about touching yet.
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Postby Duniazahira » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:49 pm

I did something crazy yesterday... I put a expensive cream in the scar.... La Mer :lol:


It felt chic! :lol:


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Postby faithb » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:59 pm

4kidsmumtum wrote:This freaks me out a bit ! I have yet to TOUCH my incision :lol: Which brings me to 'when is your incision not an incision anymore and is a scar?

Don't worry! I really didn't touch mine at all until 6 weeks po. Heck, I still had some tape on my incision until a little after that! At that point, though, it is totally closed with no worries of getting anything into it. The first few times I massaged my scar it did feel weird! I got little shooting zaps up my tummy! That has calmed down and it feels pretty normal now.
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