Ways to Manage Scars and Bruising Post-Surgically


Scars are a necessary evil for those receiving a surgical procedure. Part of the scar is visible while part of the scar is hidden underneath.  Scar tissue may form deep inside causing adhesions. Scars are basically unorganized collagen, and in its infancy are more gel-like and will harden over time.  After the scar has played its important role of closing up the surgical site, the original scar tissue is no longer needed and the skin remodeling phase of scar healing may take place. 

At Soulstice, we use a variety of manual techniques to increase circulation after the initial scar is completely healed and sealed.  This is completed about 10-14 days post surgically.  There are many creams and ointments that purport scar healing.  What we've discovered, is that it's not so much what's put on the scar, but instead how it’s applied – meaning the finger applicator stimulates real scar healing.

Blood is the breakfast, lunch and dinner to scar tissue remodeling.  Rubbing a scar with fingers stimulate circulation whereby encouraging blood flow and healing.

We recommend rubbing scars a minimum of 2-3 times per day starting at about 2 weeks post surgically. Make sure that the wound site is healed and sealed prior to rubbing.  If the sensation of rubbing stings slightly then you know that you're applying appropriate pressure. The older a scar, the harder you will need to massage.  As skin sensitivity decreases, we suggest using less lubricant to increase friction and heat.

For more post-operative treatment information, visit our Peri-operative Therapy page.