How Do You Soften Scar Tissue?

How Do You Soften Scar Tissue?

Scarring has many causes from accidents to acne, surgery, illnesses such as chicken pox, and countless other reasons. Scars can be very embarrassing and can have a negative effect on your self-perception, especially if it is especially rigid or firm and difficult to hide.

The development of scarring or internal scar tissue is how the body naturally reacts to surgical incision, liposuction, plastic surgery, or injury. The extent of the internal or external scar tissue can vary depending on a number of factors.

The Scar Hardening Process

Over time, both external and internal scars could become very hard or un-pliable. When scars become stiff, they can even be quite painful. Scars can become fibrous with bands that extend on a subcutaneous level or they could be superficial on the skin’s exterior. Scars can discolor and make ripples in the skin and in some instances, scarring over a joint area could cause restricted range of motion.

The long-term effects of scar tissue can vary depending on the actual location and the level of severity. Scar tissue is primarily made up of dense fibers of collagen. The composition could restrict lymphatic and blood circulation. This will cause surrounding structures and tissues to be put under stress. This type of stress could lead to:

  • Pinched nerves
  • Numbing sensations and pain
  • Range of motion and flexibility restrictions
  • Atrophy in certain muscles

Through the use of massage, one can manipulate the scar tissue as it develops and it can greatly minimize issues surrounding the development of scars.

Softening Scar Tissue

Massage is a good way to reduce the buildup of scar tissue. Working along and against the grain of the muscle fibers should loosen and break up scar tissue. This will cause the adhesions to loosen up, as well. This should relax tightening and increase flexibility and ability for movement.

More than likely, the scar tissue will begin to form again. Staying consistent with massaging daily for about 2 minutes can help the tissue lay down and become more linear than when the scar originally formed. This is something that can be easily done when you are applying your scar treatment.

Massage therapy is considered to be the best manual manipulation of soft tissue to provide increased circulation. Depending on the severity of the scars, massage might be painful to endure, especially if it the first attempt at scar tissue is being broken up. The pain will decrease over time as more massage is completed.

When scar tissue loosens up, those tissues normally get reabsorbed by the body. To promote the tissue to lie down properly, massage should be performed along the muscle fiber. This will help the adhesion fibers parallel to muscle fibers to lie down properly, making your scar become flush with the surrounding skin.

It could take a couple of months to achieve your goal depending on the consistency of the massage. Using it more than once a week will help to ensure a reduction in pain. In some cases, magnetic therapies used in conjunction with massage can also help to soften the scar tissue at a faster pace.

Have you tried massaging your scar? 

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  1. Hi, must a stitched area be cleaned? My doctor indicated i should not clean/ wet the area at all. Please advise as i’m scared it may leave a bigger scar mark.

    • Hi Mo, it’s best to do as your doctor advises based on your wound. Once your doctor indicates that the area can be cleaned, begin using InviCible Scars to minimize the final appearance of your scar.

  2. Okay i created myself a scar problem back in the day when i used to pick my acne. So that resulted me getting my both temples scarred. It’s now been over 2 years and only thing I’m concerned about is that they keep appearing really red. I don’t know what’s wrong. I’ve tried pretty much everything except surgery and professional dermatological therapies. Any ideas?

  3. I’ve had 9 operations on my right hand now. I’m not bothered by the scars at all but I do hate the fact that I have now got 2 triangular shaped scars that are restricting my movement. On top of all that my ring fingers middle joint can’t straighten out but will move in a bit now I’ve a tendon in my finger after 8 years of not having one.

    Any ideas on how to soffen the triangular scars and free my joint up a bit???

  4. Ineedthatknee says:

    Good day. I had knee ACL staging operation done about a month ago. My scars have healed up and are looking good as far as the skin goes. I have a nasty bump of scar tissue from a scar on the front part just under my kneecap. And I also have had another long scar that was put on my previous surgery scar which is also tender and feels like there is scar tissue build up. Just wondering if having massage done by myself with essential oils or liquid vitamin e at home would help or if I should go to a RMT for post op massage.


    • Hi Ineedthatknee, Vitamin E has very little effect on scars other than keeping them moisturized (read: While moisturization is important, it will do little in terms of fading the discoloration or flattening the scar. Based on the scars you mentioned, we do think it would be a good idea to go to a RMT for massage to help soften your scars and break up the fibrous bands of tissue.

  5. I had lipo about 4 weeks ago & my whole midsection is hard and discolored. How do I get rid of the hardness?

    • Is the scar hardened and discolored or your midsection in general? If it is your midsection, you should definitely speak with your doctor. If it is the scar itself, you can massage the area daily and apply a scar treatment. The massage will help to soften up the scar tissue (but have patience, as it takes time) and the scar treatment will help with the discoloration of the scar.

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