With plastic surgery procedures becoming more and more popular every year, people are wondering what they can do about their post-surgical scars. Although surgeons are very skilled at creating straight incisions, scars will always result. In some cases, you may be left with minimal scarring that fades well on its own. However, if you are predisposed to keloids or hypertrophic scarring, you will want safe and effective options for treating them as part of your post-operative recovery process.
We don’t normally associate the practice of physical therapy with managing one’s post-surgical scars, but there are a number of instances where therapy is beneficial. The stretches and exercises performed in therapy can help soften scar tissue that has become tight and burdensome over time. Some scars can impinge on one’s range of motion in certain areas, such as near the knees or elbows, so some moderate exercise can help restore mobility. Physical therapy can help realign the collagen fibers that have haphazardly structured themselves after the initial wound, which may help restore strength to the scar tissue. In addition to physical therapy, medical silicone gel can be used to reduce the size and appearance of your scars.