Burns and scars

Scars consist of blood vessels and fibrous tissue (collagen) and are part of the body's normal healing process.

After an injury, burn or surgical incision, it can take up to two years for a scar to fully mature. Over time, the scar fades, becomes flatter and any localised swelling gradually resolves.

Specific massage techniques can help in the maturation of your scar. This works by increasing the blood supply to the scarred area and reducing tethering to the underlying structures. Additionally, silicone gels can be used to assist this process. Various silicone products are available at London HAND clinic and your hand therapist will advise which product is most suitable for your scar.

For larger or more persistent scars, pressure garments can be supplied. These are tailor made lycra body garments for the affected area that apply a specific pressure to the underlying skin, helping to produce a flatter scar.

The hand therapists are experienced in the application of all these techniques and can help you make a change to scars that are still immature (have some red / pink colour in them).

For more information about burns and scars from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, please follow the links below: