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Massaging a Scar After Mohs Surgery: When Can You Do It?

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The purpose of massage after a Mohs surgery is to reduce discomfort, encourage circulation in the affected area, and help the scar heal gently. Massaging the scar may also be beneficial for reducing redness and swelling.

Massaging your scar helps increase circulation and encourages healing by breaking down scar tissue, which can lead to a smoother, softer appearance.

It also increases flexibility in the skin and decreases inflammation, which can help alleviate discomfort or redness around your wounds. With consistent massage, you may be able to flatten out your scar so that it is less noticeable over time.

When Can I Start Massaging a Scar After Mohs Surgery?

After two or three weeks, when the stitches have been removed and the skin has fully healed, gently massaging your scar with fingertips may help soften it and reduce redness.

Doing so will improve circulation, help the skin to heal quicker and help break down collagen bundles.

Massaging the scar also helps flatten out any bumps or ridges that may have formed from healing. It is important to be gentle when massaging as there may still be areas that are sensitive or tender.

It's recommended not using any extra pressure or using oil-based moisturizers while massaging your scar as this could make it worse.

How soon after Mohs surgery on my cheek can I massage?

The short answer is: wait until your Mohs surgeon has said it’s OK.

Mohs surgery on the cheek can be a very delicate and sensitive procedure, as it requires doctors to remove thin layers of skin (from the face) one-by-one, while monitoring for any signs of cancer present.

For this reason, until after a wound has been fully healed, your doctor may advise you not to massage or apply pressure onto the area of surgery for risk of disturbing any remaining healing cells or causing other complications.

How long it takes for a patient to heal and when it is safe to massage around the site will depend on several factors – such as age, overall health condition and lifestyle -all may come into play.

Typically, however, healing time for most patients is between four and eight weeks following Mohs surgery. That being said, it’s important to follow your doctor's instructions regarding when you can massage the area afterwards as everyone's situation is different.

Properly equipped with knowledge regarding how soon after" one can safely massage after undergoing Mohs surgery will help maximize both recovery time and results - lessening pain and discomfort associated with this type of surgical procedure in process.

What's the best way to massage a Mohs surgery scar?

You just had Mohs surgery and are now left with a scar. To help minimize its appearance, there are massage treatments you can do to reduce the look of the scar.

The first step is to have your surgeon check-in with you every few months to make sure that the wound has healed completely. Once it has totally healed, you can start massaging the scar.

Gently massage each area of the scar in slow, steady circles for about four minutes at a time. The goal is to break down any excess tissue and encourage collagen production, which will improve skin texture in that area. It's best to apply moisturizer or oil before starting so you have a good slip as you massage, allowing for deeper pressure if desired.

Always be gentle and use your fingertips when massaging. Be extra careful near sensitive areas such as joints or bony prominences - they may contain more delicate tissue than other places on your body. In addition, avoid overstretching or pressing too deeply into the scar area since this can cause damage to the skin instead of helping it heal properly.

If done regularly and correctly, focusing on massage treatments after Mohs surgery can improve healing time and help fade the appearance of your scars quickly and effectively.

How to Massage Nose After Mohs Surgery?

The best way to massage a Mohs surgery scar on your nose is to use gentle, circular motions with the pads of your fingers. Start at the center of the scar and move outward in small circles.

Avoid pushing too hard or pulling sideways as this can make the scar look worse. To further reduce the appearance of your scar, use a light hydrating lotion or oil twice daily as often as possible.

How to massage Mohs scar on forehead?

  • Use light pressure with your fingers or thumb to massage the scar in small circles for a few minutes each day. This will improve circulation and help reduce inflammation.
  • Be consistent in performing massage therapy on a daily basis for best results.
  • Avoid any harsh movements or tugging as this could worsen the wound area and cause increased discomfort of the scar area.

Massage therapy for bumps

Gentle massage can help increase circulation and reduce inflammation, which helps decrease discomfort and promotes healing.

Regular massage can also help improve scar tissue formation, making them look softer, smoother and less noticeable. Talk to your doctor or certified massage therapist about how massage therapy could benefit you post-Mohs surgery.

Is massaging your Mohs scar painful?

The answer is: it depends.

For most people, gentle massage of the scar may help reduce discomfort in the area and improve healing. However, if you feel pain or discomfort when massaging the scar, you should stop and contact your doctor for further advice.

If necessary, they may suggest other treatment options which can help minimize redness of the scar or even help reduce its size. Your doctor will be able to provide more specific advice based on your individual circumstances.


Dr. Mendese and his team at Dermatology and Skin Health

Do you have questions about scar massage following Mohs surgery?

Dermatology & Skin Health understand the importance of skin health, and we're here to help!

Massaging your scars can make them much less noticeable, so if you're considering this option after Mohs surgery make sure to consult with us first.

Our certified dermatologists will take the time to answer any questions you may have and discuss the pros and cons of massaging your scars as part of your recovery process. Make an appointment today and let us help you with your post-surgery care!

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