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. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
  2. 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.

      • I have a small dog bite scar on my left side of my lip line (which has left harden scar tissue), I have used Aloe vera during the healing process and this year I have been using the scar cream “Cicaticure” for my lip line scar. Since it is an old scar, the process is long for my scar to disappear. So, I want to know if I am using a good scar cream and what nonsurgical ways such as good scar creams are available for my scarred lip line. P.s. Cannot afford to see a Dermatologist.
        Thank you

        • Hi Cate, yes, it is a long process to heal/fade scars and most people don’t realize this due to all of the marketing out there that promises an instant miracle. Is your scar red or dark brown? Or is it white? (See more info about white scars here:

          Since I don’t know the ingredients in this product you mentioned (their Amazon says “trade secret”), it’s hard to say if it is going to work for you. Consistent application 2x per day, wearing sunscreen over the scar as well, for 12 weeks (or more) is the typical amount of time. There are some scars that take longer, like a hypertrophic scar, which can take 6 months or more. For the hardened scar tissue, use scar massage to soften it. Our scar treatment is InviCible Scars, and it contains 17% vitamin c to fade dark scars ans silicone to soften and flatten it.

    • Diane Fields says

      Why would you not listen to your doctor? S/He is the one with the medical degree. If you don’t trust their judgement on whether to clean a wound or not I would find another doctor.

  3. 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?

  4. 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???

  5. 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.

      • cheryl detmer says

        Hi, I have painful scars around my incision I had from bone spur in achille’s heel tendon. It had to be repaired from the damage and bone spur shaved. Now I feel worse pain from the scar tissue they tell me is what is bothering me. I’m going back to dr to find out what to do more. I’ve done massaging for the time period he said to do it. Been almost two months. I’m worried and can’t live with this pain. That’s just not acceptable. Have to find a way to get it to be gone. It is hindering me a lot. Motion is fine but the pain is very bad. I take what I can for relief. Bio freeze but it’s not a lot of help. And heat and ice. I might need the RMT. Not sure what it means but therapist I am sure for massaging. It’s just been awful and wish I’d never had this surgery or had been told of this problem after. I would not have done it because I am not tolerating it well. Hope for advice anywhere I can get it. Thanks for listening. Almost think bone spur was not as bad as all this. If I’d only known. I’m stuck now though.

        • Hey I have the same pain in my achillies tendon it’s very sore and sensitive especially after i exercise and my range of motion is now being effected.. But I notice when I massage the area circular wise and spray vitamin E and some other herbs and rub the area it feels a lot better after and I can’t regain my ROM. The best treatment is stretching the more I seem to stretch in the morning and before and after work outs and before I go to bed the better off it feels… I was running full speed playing basketball and I came to a sudden stop it was very awkward and I heard a piping noise and my achilles area felt rubbery and it stayed like that for a few days and I was in pain as well. I didn’t continue activities for a few weeks but once I got back on my feet I would be sore after work outs. This continued for about 6months till finally I was mostly pain free this is the original injury and the cause of my ailment and I’m guessing that I more than likely seriously strained to slightly tore my achillies but I never had it checked out and it basically healed on its own luckily it healed ok but there is scar tissue around the tear that has formed over time and the residual effects are now being felt a few years later. Hopefully that helps a bit Cheryl.

  6. 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.

  7. I had a lumpectomy in my right breast. The surgeon tunneled through to remove 3 tumors with as little external scarring as possible. I now have scar tissue which is quite hard and I am worried that I won’t feel it if another tumor develops because of the scar tissue being in the way. Will softening it help, and can I do that through massage?

    • Hi Hannah, it’s never too late to soften scar tissue. Whether you are using a scar treatment or lotion, use the time when applying it to also firming massage the scar for about 2 minutes twice daily. Over time, you’ll feel the scar soften a bit and possibly even flatten a little.

  8. I’ve been having severe pain in my right side around and under my ribs for over three years. I’ve seen several doctors (including an acupuncturist) and have had thousands of dollars in tests and discovered nothing. Finally my OB referred me to therapist. I had five 30-45 minute sessions with her. Sometimes it helped. Sometimes it made the pain worse. I had surgery when I was a teenager (so about 35-40 years ago) where they took bone marrow from my ribs and used it to repair my cleft lip. The scar is about 2 inches or so in length and very rough, hard and raised. This last therapist I saw thinks I have a severe build-up of scar tissue. My primary doctor is now sending me to a pain management clinic to help with the pain. I’m wondering if surgery to remove the scar tissue is a good idea. Or, would this just cause me to have more scar tissue build-up. The pain is sometimes so unbearable I can’t even get out of bed. Thanks.

    • Hi Brenda, Maximize the results you get from therapy first. Then get a surgical opinion if you are still in a lot of pain. The surgeon should be able to tell you the if risking more surgery could potentially create more painful scar tissue for your situation or not.

  9. I cut my point finger and scar tissue influences how far it can bend now (knuckle nearest hand). How can I tell which direction to massage?

  10. I had anterior hip replacement 2 months ago.The scar tissue is the only thing bothering me now and the doc said I could massage it. If it hurts when I touch it, do I just painfully get thru it and keep massaging and with what lotion?

  11. Hello!
    I had a pynodal cyst removed from my lower back, lots of surgeries required. But anyways, I have about a pinky length scar and its just a bit wide. I’ve almost completed the healing process but obviously a big scar like that takes quite a bit of time to whiten I assume, correct? I also wanted to ask if its normal for it to be a little bit tough and still numb a bit? The doctor told me to reach the cyst it involved cutting fairly deep, meaning tiny nervous were destroyed (or something like that). And also, should I try to gently massage the scar or just leave it alone? Its a sensitive area and I’m super paranoid about doing something wrong! I’ve had the cyst for almost 3 years and FINALLY got rid of it, so I’m sure you could understand why I’m so cautious with it.
    Anyways, an answer would be most appreciated! Thank you

    • Hi Adrianna, a few things – for a scar to turn white means your body doesn’t produce enough melanin to make it flesh colored. More often than not, hyperpigmentation (darkening) occurs, not hypopigmentation (white scar.) In order for the scar to fade, use a Vitamin C-rich scar treatment twice daily and if this scar is exposed to sunlight (swimming, clothing, etc.), then be sure to apply sunscreen SPF 30+ often to protect it from UV rays. Your surgeon going in deep to remove the cyst does put you at risk for some nerve damage and that may be why you still feel sensitivity where your scar is. You can still massage it, albeit gently, to help break up the fibrous tissue that is forming beneath the skin. When applying the scar treatment, use this time to massage the scar. It takes about 1-2 years for a scar to completely mature and heal.

  12. Hi
    I have had a kidney removed from cancer and when my doc removed it he had to cut the muscle away from my lower rib. Now it seems that the scar tissue is so big that I feel like that side is twisting in knots when I sit for any length of time. It really hurts when trveling and makes trvel very uncomfortable for long periods. How can I solve this problem shor of cutting the scar tissues away which means another surgery.

  13. I had most of my colon removed due to a tumor growing around it. I have no bag. Yet I now have scar tissue growing around that area. It is quite large bigger then a soft ball. Very uncomfortable u can feel it by pressing on my stomach. I can feel pressure underneath my ribs. I am over weight yet I am also physically active. I presently have beenbtrying to massage the area but is there something else I can be doing. Thank u

  14. Hi,

    I had to have back surgery (almost a year ago) and I have a fairly large linear scar. it’s indented into my skin, not flush with the rest of my back is there a way to “plump” the scar to make it flush and not indented?

    I do have my husband massage the area and we use emui oil, but it’s still several indented into my back. 🙁

  15. I have this round scar that pops up about a couple millimeters, and it is very hard and disgusting looking, because half the time it is a open wound. It was from a mosquito bite that I scratched. Will I be able to ever remove it?

  16. 13 weeks ago I had a total shoulder replacement. My scar is still very tender to the touch and gets very tight and painful throughout the day. Underneath the scar gets very tight and is painful to stretch out. What do you suggest for this situation?

  17. I had open heart surgery in July of this year. I developed an infection with an open wound right between my breasts on my bra line. I was in wound care with a wound vac for 2 months. It is finally healed but I do have a hard lump the size of a nickel at the site. Is it too early to massage? I get uncomfortable wearing a bra all day but wonder if this helps to break it up

  18. I impaled my foot on a tire iron 10 years ago under my fourth toe on the ball of my foot and miraculously avoided any bone although it did hit an artery. As it healed, a helix shaped scar formed around metallic particles left in the wound and I had to have it removed. I chose to do it at my podiatrist”s office to avoid anesthesia. I looked like dental floss. It healed…but in years following I have a pencil eraser sized scar that continually “grows” and callous around it that I must shave or have cut out routinely to alleviate the pain of walking on it.
    Sometimes when Im sleeping it will send a shooting pain through my scar area and wake me up, and sometimes like right now it itches deep inside. Massaging it is incredibly painful from one side leasing me to think its grown around a nerve.
    I don’t want another incision and new scar tissue, is tissue remodeling appropriate for this?

  19. Carol crummitt says

    I had surgery December 17th, 2015 vertical incision appx 7″ starting close to belly button on left side and recently started feeling rock hard scar tissue. I still have some of the adhesive strip they used to close the incision. How to soften these rock hard scar tissue. Thank you

  20. Hello I’m hoping for some advice for my 5 year old boy. About 2 weeks ago he had a nasty tumble off his bike into his face. Immediately after impact it looked like his face was sunken in on one side. But doctors have ruled out broken bones.. It continued to swell and bruise. As the swelling has subsided We’ve noticed that a hard lump has appreared under the skin at the point of impact and this has caused him to have a one sided dimple most obvious when he smiles as the skin is now contorted around this lump. It does not look natural and I hate to think that he would have this deep groove in his face for life now. Could this lump be scar tissue under the skin? Is two weeks too early to start massage? If not should I apply hot compresses with the massage?
    Please give me any advise you can. I’m so worried for him.

  21. Hi on my dermatologist advice I had a dermapen for mild acne scars. The procedure was painful and the aftermath was even more painful. My left side of face was swollen more than right. Now the swelling has gone down but there are raised areas of skin which create discomfort on my left side of face. It’s been 17 days since the procedure. I think this is scar tissue under the skin. Please suggest something.
    Thanks and regards

  22. I have an old scar…self harmed scar for about 4 years…not so deep…brown in colour…tried lots of ointments…tell me any remedy

  23. When I was a young girl I had a cyst removed from the bottom of my foot. A skin graft was used on the wound. All my life ( im now 56) a hard build up of skin now forms around the grafted area which measures about an inch long and 3/4 wide. The grafted area is soft and never hardens but hard skin builds up around the edges. I literally tear away the skin or use a pumice stone to file it down. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?

    • Hi Annette, keep doing what you are doing, but also keep the skin on the bottom of your foot as supple as possible by using a moisturizer daily. Perhaps a consultation with a podiatrist may be helpful.

  24. Hi, I had a pimple on the vermilion border of my top right side lip which I tried to pop and ended up applying alot of pressure on the surface of my lip to do so. The next day it got inflammated and the following days it got worst with increased swelling that then developed into a huge sore. I went to my dermatologist and he gave me something for the inflammation when helped. The entire right top side of my lip had a scab over it and as the scab came off the skin over my lip was reformed but was very thin. Also, my vermilion border on that side was one with my facial skin. This happened close to 3 years ago. The lip lost some of its plumpness but the vermilion border had reformed slightly and the skin got slightly thicker. Unfortunately, when I smile this one side slants downwards a bit and there were bumps under the skin of my lips. I recently started to massage it about a week ago and realize it got rid of the bumps but my lip is still a bit slant and not as plump as the other side which is a bit noticeable. I’m wondering if I continue to massage my lip, will the vermilion border heal and appear as vivid as the other side and will my lip regain it’s plumpness since some of the fleshy part under the skin of my lip was probably pressed down or lost? As well, will it firm back up and align with the left top side of my lip as it use to?

    Your advice will be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  25. Hi I had a lisfranc fracture to 1st and 2nd metatarsal in Dec 15. The impact for the break caused large blood clots across my mid foot and as a result I had a large and deep debridement that was covered by a skin graft. Area is about 10cm long by 4cm wide. It’s deep (can fit all my thumb in it vertically). Have been massaging twice a day with bio oil and trying to stretch by flexing my foot. Am doing partial weight bearing for another month before screws come out. One side feels softer but not much change in the other side, which is the deeper side. Anything else I could be doing?

  26. hi i have lupus scars left i’vhad them for a year now the lupus has gone but scars are still there please help what do you suggest ???

  27. Hi hoping someone can help ,I recently ,had a bad cut on my eyelid under my eye brow and did not get stitches ,I had a scab for a week which has now fallen off too soon i think as it still hurts and now I am left with hard risen bumps around my scar , I am wondering if this will go away or is it infected ,please Help ….

  28. Hi, I had an accident in December, 2015 where I stumbled and fell (while running) and landed on my face into a foot high jagged rock wall. I am not too concerned about scars from the lacerations, but badly bruised right cheek bone and have subcutaneous scar tissue (revealed on CT scan) from my right eye to corner of my mouth. How do you get rid of subcutaneous scar tissue? Thank you.

    • Hi Elaine, Aggressive scar massage is the first thing to do. Physical therapists can help get things going and teach you the appropriate technique to perform on your own. Worth a consultation for sure.

  29. Hi,
    My daughter met with accident and her upperlip got cut. plastic surgeon did surgery, her upper layer stitches were removed after one week. inner layer has dissolvable stitches. it is very hard where she had stitches and we can see lump appers when she smiles. doctor asked us to massage daily 3 times to soften the scar tissue. its 4th week now

    my question is in which direction massage should be done.. will hard lump go away? and lip become softer?
    Please advise

    • Hi Shreya, the direction doesn’t matter, but softening the scar does take time. Make sure you are pressing firmly when conducting the massage. It should eventually soften. Make sure her diet also includes plenty of Vitamin C which helps with collagen production.

  30. Gary Smith says

    Is it possible to massage a forehead osteoma (bone scar) that was possibly caused by a childhood injury? The injury is likely 20 years + old.

  31. Thanks for you quick reply(reg how to massage the scar tissue). y’day i felt the poping sound( like when you crack your knuckles) while massaging. Just wanted to know is it good sign of softening the scar? am I doing it right?

  32. Rhona Waga says

    The Invicible Scars you are saying has some shipment issues. How can I buy it then?

  33. Hello….I had stitches in my lip maybe twenty years ago from a skateboard when I was little…I always had a little bump there and my lips do not look even…my lips are always peeling nd I am 38 weeks pregnant…my lip has blown up so big and is burning me and sore…and it is blue and warm to the touch… it from the pregnancy and also..can I do something about the bump?

  34. I have a scar by my eye not only is the scar tissue hard but after my incident I see a red ball (not bloodclot )go around the side where my scar is what to do about this

  35. Hi. I have a scar on my chin and one underneath my chin from lacerations from a motorcycle accident in Sept. 2014. These lacerations were never stitched and healed on their own. The scars are a little raised and somewhat hard. Is it too late for massaging them to help break up the scar tissue and flatten them? Any other suggestions for me? Thanks!

  36. kitkat9000 says

    I had a radical hysterectomy due to endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts. I also had extensive internal scarring which required additional surgical and physical manipulation to remove. My original vertical incision was approximately nine inches long. It veers to the left of my navel and ends just above it.

    Six and a half weeks later, I got sick and went to the ER. Turns out a surgical sponge was left inside. After the second surgery, which utilized and slightly extended the same incision, I’ve been left with a 27 cm scar that is extremely tight around my navel and hurts constantly.

    I am now 6+ weeks post-op from the 2nd operation and the scar is tighter than ever. I can’t stand to have anything touch or rub against it. It’s also sore on either side in one specific area. My doctor said that I’m probably forming adhesions at the site and that I need to be extra careful because I’m at risk of developing a hernia. He also said that the scar will loosen eventually (something I’ve never heard of).

    I’m wondering what, if anything, might help with the tightness and discomfort. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  37. I have a large abdominal scar that was from a major surgery 28 years ago, when I was a baby. The last three years have shown me developing IBS symptoms (constipation mainly) and increasing abdominal pain.

    I’m in physical therapy now for pelvic floor dysfunction. I’m also getting scar massage to break up the major adhesions I have. I had a session yesterday where my scar was heavily manipulated. Today I’m in a ton of pain all over my upper and lower abdomen.

    I’m truly hoping therapy helps. I never had issues with my scar until now.

  38. Telina reininger says

    I shattered my elbow over 30 years ago. It is now getting to where I can’t put it all the way down without lots of sharp pain and tingling. Do I need do see a Dr and have surgery to have some of the tiusse removed. Please help

  39. My 4 year old son accidentally took a metal little league bat to his right cheek bone. No broken bones and he otherwise healed up fine. Except now, there is a lump and discoloration on the point of his cheek bone, to the side of his right eye.

    It causes him no pain, but it feels like a rock. We’re able to move it around a bit, so we know it’s not bone calcification. The incident took place approximately 3 weeks ago. We’re guessing it’s hardened scar tissue. Aside from mechanical manipulation, are there any topical treatments that can assist with breaking down the subcutaneous scar tissue?

  40. Hi…
    I had intense surgery on both my lips to remove harden built up filler (was in surgery for over 3 hrs)… you can imagine how much filler this so ‘called dr’ had injected in!! My lovely surgeon removed all the filler/lumps/bumps and it was going so well until post date 15 days…my lower face became very tight over a period of 72 hours, my mouth begun to shrink and become tight….17 post days…I have no motion in my top lip, I can’t smile, my mouth only opens to a certain extent and I have trouble pronouncing certain words!!! And, having great difficulty orally cleaning my back teeth. I am now doing daily massages, with bio oli (3 times a day) a light heat pad applying with my last massage on a night….please could you let me know I am doing right and going to regain my smile. Ty so much in advance…..

    • Hi Ali, Scar massage can soften scar tissue significantly. However, at 17 days out from surgery, we can’t advise you how aggressively you can massage. What you’re experiencing may also be related to swelling from surgery. We strongly recommend you visit with your surgeon for advice.

  41. I have internal scar tissue on the tip of my nose from a rhinoplasty I had due to a car accident. Will this disolve the internal scar tissue? Are there any other remedies? It is causing irregular contours, pain and uneven nostrils. Thank you

    • Hi Cici, yes you can definitely try this – and have patience, it takes time. However, if there is pain and uneveness to your nostrils from it, you may want to reconsult ths surgeon who originally performed it.

  42. Ali, are you still posting here? I had a similar surgery just a few weeks ago – to remove permanent filler from the lips. My surgery was a lot shorter though and I doubt all filler was removed :-(. But I’m dealing with the same issues, a hardened scar that pulls my lips almost inwards, making it impossible to smile, etc. I did start massaging early on (hopefully not too early on). I’m nearly 3 weeks out of surgery now. Either way, is there any way to get in touch for you? Perhaps we could converse about this if you wouldn’t mind, I could use some input from another patient going through the same thing, also since you appear to have had permanent filler cut out of your lips too. Many thanks!

  43. Jenny Beck says

    I have a major scar on my chest from open heart surgery. In two months scar is virtually impossible to see. I use every morning after shower: it dries quickly.

    • Jennifer Moreno says

      I have over 40 year old scars that tingled, hurt and were so hypersensitive for over 20 years. No therapy and there is a numb patch on my upper foot from the upper heel on the outer side.

      The actual surgery was the back of my calves and they still ache, are stiff and probably weak. A PT told me it was too late for UV or other unnamed therapies to help and my mobility and balance will only get worse.

      Now, I have edema in both ankles and my entire left leg and even my left side seems bigger than the right. I had a blood clot in my left upper thigh which swelled so hugely and the swelling never completely went away. Much elevation and rest followed by stretching and walking seems to help. But the resting and elevation cause others to see me as a “lazy princess” If the weather is cool enough the permit compression socks I will rest and elevate with them.

  44. Hello, I have an old scar that wraps around my left thigh that was from a rope wrapping around and squeezing deep into the leg (water skiiing accident at 14) – didn’t have stitches but have an indentation there. I’m in my 40s now and would love to break up the scar tissue as I’m having issues with my hips and back and I wonder if it could be related to the left leg’s scar. Any ideas on a great electric massager brand? I’ve heard percussive, but don’t know…thank you! Any insight is appreciated!

  45. Alecia Dickerson says

    I have several 6 year old scars inside my bottom lip from a horse accident (my teeth went through my bottom lip). It took a long time to heal & I was seeing a dermatologist that would give cortisone shots in my lip. This would cause the swelling to go down, but withing 6 month sit would reappear. It is now pretty swollen… it almost looks like I dip tobacco. I do not want anymore steroid shots.
    What do you recommend?

  46. Angela Melendez says

    Hi.. I had WLS in 2000 it was an open RNY. In Feb 2016, I had some hernia’s repaired and the surgeon “tightened” up my pouch (laparoscopy). This led to an anastomotic leak for which they had to open up my abdomen in the same place as my original surgery in 2000. A wound vac was placed and remained there for 5 months. The wound vac was removed but a pocket did not heal and opened back up. I was placed back on the wound vac for 2 months and have been clear for 3 months or so. During this process I have lost 100 lbs. but the more weight I lose the more I notice this huge lump under my scar… Will this go away or flatten at all?

  47. Hi – I was in a major car accident 30 years ago and cut my face. My lips were shredded so now I have a lot of scars on the inside of my mouth. The appearance of the scars don’t bother me, but recently the scars inside my mouth have begone to split. I have tried massaging them, but it doesn’t help. I also have been trying acupuncture. Do you have any suggestions? I have been to the dermatologist and they didn’t have any.

  48. my son has 4 raised scars on shoulder from the ports used during labrum surgery now healed 1 year later however feels scar are somewhat painful and reducing external rotation when he pitches what can he do to remove these outer scars they are abiut 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch high

    • Hi Jim, are they beyond the bounds of the initial wound? If they are, then they are a keloid and often require scar revision. If they are within the bounds of the initial wound, just elevated, then they are hypertropic scars and scar massage may help – perhaps one more aggressive through a physical therapist.

  49. my son had a burn on his palm and scar tissue formed. right now he could move his fingers fine but the dr mentioned that if the scar tissue won’t grow along with his hand it constrict movement of his fingers and he will need a procedure done. any suggestions on how to prevent this? get rid of the scar tissue? thank you!

  50. I had knee surgery 8 years ago. ACL, MCL, and outer meniscus. There is a lot of scar tissue that has built above the meniscus and bellow the knee where they made the incision. Will massage work or should I look into surgery?

  51. Hey i was shot in knee . The buet was taken out and i still cant seem to gett full range in motion. Its been two years and idk wat to do. I alwayd bend it and try to massage scar tissue myself but it doesn’t seem to wrk. I tried p/t also

  52. Hi, I have some scar tissue on the cheek bone of my cheek from a cyst removel I do massage the tissue but it seems to be coming back up what do I do to make it stay flat?

  53. I have a pain in my upper trapezius muscle after lifting a heavy object for over 4 months now. The pain is presistant that it is keeping me from doing my daily activities. I was adviced to take anti inflammatories and vitamins for the muscles in addition to walking and doing isometric exercises. I also did some yoga and went to the gym, but nothing really helped that much. I did an MRI, but there was nothing rather than spasm. I dont know if deep tissue massage could help after 4 months or it is too late now?

  54. Hi there, I had surgery on my nose after breaking it like a decade ago. I have slight internal scar tissue that is raised on one side. I’m terrified to ever have my nose touched again by a knife to deal with this, but it really bugs me. I don’t know why, but I’ve never thought of massaging it myself to get rid of it…. Is the best massage circular massage clockwise and counterclockwise? Do you recommend steroid shot for an old scar? Anything else? Heat, etc. ? Also, how long should I expect for a mature scar like this to heal? Many thanks for your advice.

    • Hi Minnie, the direction in which you massage your scar doesn’t really matter, as long as you firmly massage it about twice per day. The massage will begin to break up the fibrous tissue and can help to soften and flatten your scar (unless it is a keloid, then that’s a different story.) It could take 1-2 months of this (or longer as it depends on how your body healed) for it to make a difference. It’s definitely worth the effort.

  55. Catherine Nguyen says

    Hi, I got head butted at my forehead really hard. I now have two hardened spots on my forehead that protrudes. What can I do to get rid of this? Heat and knead it out? Or should I use your product? I’d really appreciate your help thanks!

    • Hi Catherine, if this was recent, then it could be bone bruising or a contusion. You should definitely have your dr. take a look as it is not something a topical skin cream can tackle.

  56. hi there,

    I had gynecomastia surgery 2 years ago which left a large amount of scar tissue behind one nipple. This was revealed after a revision surgery earlier this year in June; my surgeon said it was too hard to remove with the canula at the time. I can not go back for further revisions until Christmas time.

    The scar tissue is very old and also very hard and can hurt when massaged hard. Is it even worthwhile trying to break down the scar tissue on my own in the mean while considering how old/hard and thick it is?

    please advise.

  57. Maryann Gambella says

    I had breast surgery 3 months ago and developed a large hematoma 2 weeks later white was surgically drained. Now the breast is hard and in one spot pitted. Any suggestions?

  58. Hi, so I live near a swamp, meaning mosquitos are present, I have had multiple mosquito bites, they are healed now but what was left ,are dark spots ,how can I remove them to regain my confidence of wearing shorts again?

  59. I have 2 and 1/2 year old self harm scars on both my thighs and hip, and I really hate the appearance of them. Most of the scars are around the width of a finger and most are flat, however several are hard with hardened scar tissue underneath, especially on my hip. All the scars are white and my goal is to tattoo over them in the future, so I would be so so grateful to get any advice on how to minimise the hard scar tissue underneath so they feel better. They don’t cause me pain I just get upset when I can feel the hardened scars.

  60. Hello. Six weeks ago I fell very hard on my face. Most of the injuries have resolved, but I have 2 hematomas on my face. One on the cheek bone is fairly large and one on the brow bone is smaller. A facial surgeon drained the blood completely and says he feels they will subside with time. He told me scar tissue has formed in them and advised me to massage them and see him again in a few months. The larger hematoma is quite painful to touch, but I agree the massage is important. I can already feel some pulling of the tissues, so I worry about adhesions. How often and how long should I massage these hematomas? The doctor hasn’t been specific on this point and I’m not sure how best to massage this delicate tissue. Thank you.

  61. Thank you. The larger hematoma is right below my eye and the tissue below my eye is still dark and bruised. When I massage those delicate tissues firmly, I seem to be creating additional bruising below the eye, which is what concerns me. Should the typical guidelines apply in a delicate area? I will speak with my physician about physical therapy.

    Thanks again.

  62. I had surgery to repair 2 broken fingers on my left hand in July of this year followed by 30 visits of hand therapy without success. I still cannot “functionally” use my hand. The doc says its b/c the scar tissue has hardened and says the only option is more surgery to remove the scar tissue. That is an option that I do not want to use. It has been a long painful process that I do not want to repeat. Since it has been 5 months since my original surgery, is it too late to try and soften the hardened scar tissue on my own? I’m feeling pretty hopeless right now. I was determined not to end up this way which is why I worked so hard in physical therapy. PT had an ultrasond machine but never used it on me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  63. Forearm Faciotomy Scar says

    You say that scars can regenerate back to the fiber direction and ‘smooth or flatten’ . This might be a silly question but the correct direction of massaging a scar from the wrist to elbow be the same direction the scar is?
    I had a forearm faciotomy three years ago and I completed PT. After it healed I Began using lotion and the backside of a spoon down the scar but it doesn’t seem enough. I feel like I cannot fully stretch my arm out, quite annoying as I am very active.
    When I do stretch or really massage the scar it feels like a needle is poking me, is that a good thing? Meaning it’s stretching the scar tissue?
    Not sure what I need to do, my dr said to see the PT and the PT just said massage it.
    There is some nerve damage but I doubt that could be irritated by scarring right?

    • Direction of scar massage doesn’t matter. Multi-directional, form scar massage is best for breaking up scar tissue.

      The “needling” may be nerve pain. Nerves can easily be injured by what you’ve been through. Nerves can also become entrapped by scarring. This can get better as the scar softens but sometimes more surgical treatment is needed to release trapped nerves or treat an abnormal, sensitive nerve ending (known as a neuroma).

  64. Hi on Halloween I was carving a pumpkin and my right hand slipped down the blade of the knife I had cut 2 tendons in my small finger I got surgery on it but now I can’t straighten out the middle knuckle any ideas?

  65. DEBBIE D LINE says

    Hi, I fell and damaged my bottom lip right in the middle. It’s healed now but hard. I really need my lips To be soft. The scar is not visible but the hardness is approx size of a large pea. Please help me. Thank you

  66. Hi, back in October 28, 2017 I had cut my left cheek bone with a piece of glass after falling and had to go to the ER to get stitches. Its about a inch long and a pit curled on the ends, might be from the way they stitched it. I am post 7 months today and have been treating it with gel and sheets daily, 24/7 ever since my accident. My scar is less red than it was a few months before but tends to get redder after i massage, and sometimes it gets red for no reason is that normal during massage? My cheek bone is bumpy and raised up on the side of my scar, especially when i smile it really petrudes the boundries of the healthy skin, and is very noticable. The scar itself is a bit sunkened and shiney when i rub it and the scar is a bit wrinkled when i stretch it or ply it, is this part of the healing process? I will keep messaging it for another 5 months till the damaged hard tissue flushes with the rest of my skin and gets its volume. Will it ever flatten out with the scar, if I keep using gel and massage, does it depend how I massage? I’ve been going in circular motions with palm and fingers?

    • First, Byron, we are so happy to hear about how proactive you are in the scar healing process. This will really make a big difference in the end! Complete scar healing takes 1-2 years, so you still have a bit more time to go. But definitely do not give up and continue with the massage. The redness from massage could have to do with the amount of pressure you are using (so maybe lighten up slightly on the pressure) and if you are using a product that helps produce less friction as you massage. You’ve probably gathered from our articles that we are a scar treatment brand, so we would recommend InviCible Scars, as the silicone will help to provide you with some “slip” as you massage the area, while also giving you the benefits of being a complementary scar fading cream to the sheets you have been using. Now if you have been using a product to help with massage, it may just be that there are irritants in it that your skin is reacting with. Take a look at the ingredient label. As for just becoming red for no reason – have you been out in the sun without sunscreen over the scar?

  67. Ashley Soto says

    Hello My name is Ashley.
    I had surgery March 20th 2019 and have 4 new scars from laproscopic procedures, I was rubbing the scars last night and pushed down on one and it litteraly popped. It hurt after for a while and when I rub it it now hurts a little. I did this too all my healed wounds/scars now and they all did that. I was told that it was scar tissue.. It’s just intresting that it was so loud and the pop was so distinct it was like poping a knuckle but in your stomach. Anyone else experience this??

    Thanks- Ashley

    • Hi Ashley, Breaking down scar tissue doesn’t typically “pop”. You may have popped a stitch that was used to close the incision. You should follow up with your surgeon to be sure.

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