Having a baby can be a stressful time for a lot of new mothers. After giving birth, most women will experience changes in mood on top of the added stressors of caring for a newborn baby. About half of all women will have the “baby blues” after going through labor. This phenomenon is marked by feelings of sadness, bouts of crying and anxiety that usually subside after a week or two of giving birth. However, some women experience more significant changes that can last much longer and interfere with their daily lives. These symptoms can drastically affect a woman’s mental health and make it more difficult to care for her baby. Luckily, post-partum stress can be effectively managed by seeking treatment and engaging in self-care practices.
Scar treatment is a major part of post-operative care that has gained much attention from surgeons and patients around the world. There are a number of ways that surgical or injury scars can be treated, so it’s helpful to know what options are available to you. The three primary ways scars can be treated today include laser treatment, steroid injections, and silicone gel sheeting. While each method can be effective, there are a number of things to know before making a choice. In this article, we will weigh the pros and cons of the available scar treatment options so you can make an educated decision about which is right for you.
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.