Scar formation is the natural process the body goes through when it heals an area of skin that has
been injured. When the skin is damaged either from a burn, trauma, or surgery, a scar forms as a
normal part of healing. Some people form scars that are large, red, and uncomfortable. Whether
or not you will form this type of scar is hard to predict. Scar massage is one technique used to
prevent or lessen scarring. Once your sutures are removed, your graft is holding in place, and
you have no open areas, you are ready to begin scar massage.
Your therapist will show you the best method for scar massage. Massage should be done firmly
especially if adhesions are present. These steps should be done 3 times a day.
1. Apply lotion (Elta Lite , Eucerin , Keri , Nivea ) over your scar. Lotion will soften your
scar and also help to remove old skin and debris.
2. Rotate two fingers clockwise then counter-clockwise making small circles along the scar.
3. Pinch the scar up on either side of the scar along its entire length.
4. Gently twist clockwise and counter-clockwise.
5. Rub two fingers along your scar, pushing each finger in an opposite direction from the
other. This method works well, but you may need some help from others.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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