All wounds, whether from surgery or an injury, form a scar. It is the body’s way of healing damaged tissue. When the skin or soft tissue tears, the body produces a protein called collagen. Collagen then builds up where the tissue is damaged, helping to heal and strengthen the wound.
Scarring is a natural part of the body’s healing process following an injury. Tissue repairs itself by growing new tissue and then fills in any leftover gaps with a form of “glue” called “granulation scar tissue.” All scar tissue is primarily made up of a protein called collagen.
The appearance and treatment of scars depend on several factors. Scars develop in all shapes and sizes. Some are large and can be painful, while others are barely visible.
Scars develop anywhere on the skin. There are several types of scarring, including:
Scar tissue can also build up inside the body. Referred to as internal scar tissue or adhesions, these types of scars can build up within the body’s joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues. Internal scarring can result from overworking your body, injury (such as sprains, strains, and trauma), surgery and other health conditions.
There are several ways to help reduce the size of scars and to make them less noticeable. Scar treatment depends on several factors, including:
Treatment may include:
Injections – Steroid injections are available in cases where scars can stick out or protrude, such as in keloids or hypertrophic scars. Your surgeon may use this alongside other treatments.
At Melbourne Hand Therapy we treat scars following injury and surgery with the use of compression therapy (pressure garments, compression earrings), silicone gel treatment, soft tissue massage, ultrasound treatment or splinting to provide prolonged stretching. Our treatment of scars involves a tailored approach with photographic progress and may involve seeking the timely opinion of Plastic Surgeons in conjunction with our treatment.