Once the stitches are dissolved and the incision is healed, mamas can free up the scar tissue by using the thumb and forefinger to massage the tissue between the fingers by gently rolling with the grain, then against the grain, of the scar (explained below and in the video).
- 0-3 weeks: mobilize the tissue around your scar for scar desensitization
- 3-6 weeks: scar mobilization around the incision site, with desensitization on the scar
- 6+ weeks: scar mobilization ON the actual scar
How to do Mobilization:
- To achieve the best results, the massage should be done two or three times a day for 5-10 minutes. Work along the length of the scar.
- The gentle massage will help thin the scar tissue, making it less noticeable.
- Use light, gentle pressure. Stop massage if pain is experienced at the scar site.
- Initially use a wet or dry washcloth to rub along and against the scar to desensitize the area.
- 3 ways to massage:
- With the grain: working ALONG the line of the scar
- Against the grain: working ACROSS the line of the scar
- Rolling the scar between thumb and forefinger: Gently pluck the scar up and away using the thumb and forefinger. Move the scar side-to-side between the fingers for 30 seconds.