This article was published in an East Midlands Magazine called "All Sorts." Published in March 2020.
The “Magic Window”
Have you ever had an operation, accident or trauma which resulted in a scar? There appears to be this “magic window” of 6-8 weeks after your operation, when you are meant to fully repair yourself and return to “normal.” But what happens if you haven’t “fully recovered” in this short time frame? Where do you go for help and advice about your scar then? For many this “recovery window” will see individuals returning to reasonable health and function.
However, there are some individuals where their scars need extra attention. Their scar may feel tight, numb, red or raised. It may feel sore, or in some cases create an overhang. The individual may also feel disconnected from the body part which has been operated on. The physical coupled with the psychological impact of surgery and scars, need extra time and attention to heal.
So, If you are reading this and can identify with any of these symptoms which scaring can cause, the good news is you are not alone and there is help available.
Did you know a scar can take up to two years to reach maturity? So give yourself time and space to heal. The “magic window” time frame is just the beginning, where the initial phase of recovery takes place.
When scars form they can get “stuck down” on the fascia under the surface. Fascia is like a sticky, moveable web which covers all your organs and muscles. So, if you have had surgery and your scar feels “tight” or “stuck down”, then chances are its stuck / pulling on your fascia. And because this fascia is everywhere, you could feel pain away from your scar in other areas of your body.
This April it is C-Section Awareness month. The next section offers advice aimed at C-Section recovery. However, many of the tips given can be applied to any scars.
Caring for your C-Section Scar:
1. In the first couple of weeks after your c section, make sure you keep the scar clean and dry. After a shower or bath, gently pat dry your scar with a soft towel or flannel and allow air to get to your scar. Apply light pressure while patting your scar, the same pressure as the weight of a 20pence piece on the back of your hand.
2. If you are struggling to touch your scar or look at it, give yourself time. Use super light, gentle sweeping hands over your tummy first, then above your scar. When you are ready (and only when you are ready), start to gently sweep your hands over your scar. This is the first step in you engaging with your scar.
3. After the “Magic Window” time frame, (or when your scar has started to close and heal), start gently applying a moisturising cream. Using a silicone-based gel, or moisturising cream with aloe vera, can help moisturise and allow you to engage with your scar. Apply your gel or cream with the same super light touch, with clean hands and keep your nails short.
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