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The benefits of massaging your scar

Yes, you read that right, the simple act of performing a massage can help you to reduce the size and appearance of your scar.

Although the evidence for the effective use of scar massage is lacking, a literature review showed that approximately half of the patients included in the studies (45.7%) experienced clinical improvement due to an increase in range of motion and decreased pruritus and pain. Importantly, among patients with surgical scars treated with massage, 90% had improved appearance or a Patient Observer Scar Assessment Scale (POSAS) score.

Beyond that, several other benefits have been attributed to scar massage:

•    Reduction of the symptoms of pain, itching as well as anxiety and depression 
•    Improvement of pigmentation as well as elasticity and pliability in scars 
•    Prevention of excess scar tissue formation
•    Draining of excess fluid to reduce swelling
•    Improvement of blood flow to the area promoting tissue remodeling
•    Progress in regaining sensation in the affected area.

Scar massages should be performed every day after the wound is fully healed - this stage lasts approximately between 10 to 15 days after injury or surgery – and after the sutures have been removed. While younger immature scars benefit from movements of low intensity and frequency, older mature scars can be treated with more vigorous massages. 

In general, you should use the tips of two of your fingers and try a combination of circular, vertical and horizontal motions. At first, light pressure should be performed and then progress to firm pressure and stop if it is causing pain. About 10 minutes of massage performed 2 to 3 times a day over a period of 3 to 6 months should be enough. If you are unsure about massage techniques, you should seek medical advice to perform it safely at home.

While no scar will ever vanish for good, scar management may be improved by joint massaging with silicone gel topical application. Kelo.Cell Biogel has the right formula to help you to improve hydration and ameliorate scar appearance. Due to its innovative formula based on dimethicone (a silicone polymer), Kelo.Cell Biogel exerts many beneficial actions to help your scar heal flat and fade faster. It is easy to apply, self-dries quickly, and is suitable for use on children, pregnant women and even on sensitive skin types.

Massage your scars, whether old or new, with Kelo.Cell Biogel and get the best of both worlds!

References

Patient Education Department, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute (2008) “Managing Your Scar”

Shin, T. M., & Bordeaux, J. S. (2012). The role of massage in scar management: a literature review. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.], 38(3), 414–423. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2011.02201.x

Khansa, I., Harrison, B., & Janis, J. E. (2016). Evidence-Based Scar Management: How to Improve Results with Technique and Technology. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 138(3 Suppl), 165S–178S. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRS.0000000000002647

Deflorin, C., Hohenauer, E., Stoop, R., van Daele, U., Clijsen, R., & Taeymans, J. (2020). Physical Management of Scar Tissue: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 26(10), 854–865. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2020.0109

The benefits of scar massage. Available at https://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/blog/the-benefits-of-scar-massage. Assessed on 09-06-2022

Cho, Y. S., Jeon, J. H., Hong, A., Yang, H. T., Yim, H., Cho, Y. S., Kim, D. H., Hur, J., Kim, J. H., Chun, W., Lee, B. C., & Seo, C. H. (2014). The effect of burn rehabilitation massage therapy on hypertrophic scar after burn: a randomized controlled trial. Burns: journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, 40(8), 1513–1520. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2014.02.005

Li-Tsang, C. W., Zheng, Y. P., & Lau, J. C. (2010). A randomized clinical trial to study the effect of silicone gel dressing and pressure therapy on posttraumatic hypertrophic scars. Journal of burn care & research: official publication of the American Burn Association, 31(3), 448–457. https://doi.org/10.1097/BCR.0b013e3181db52a7

Nedelec, B., Couture, M. A., Calva, V., Poulin, C., Chouinard, A., Shashoua, D., Gauthier, N., Correa, J. A., de Oliveira, A., Mazer, B., & LaSalle, L. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of the immediate and long-term effect of massage on adult postburn scar. Burns: journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, 45(1), 128–139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2018.08.018


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