Although it's been 20 months since my hysterectomy, I still have a 5 1/4" dark pink, vertical scar that is slightly raised. Are there any other long-term post op hystersisters who still have scars? Does anyone know of a non-surgical method to reduce the appearance of the scar?
I'm at 28 months. My scar is horizontal (bikini cut) but it has always been slightly raised. I tried the OTC Mederma, but I found myself forgetting to put it on and it says it can take months to reduce the scar. I just finally gave up on it. However in the last few months or so, I've been noticing that there is less of a raised area on it. Maybe it just takes time. That's the only thing I've tried.
My bikini line scar is thin, white and mostly soft (although I have a little fibrinolysis (thick tissue from internal scarring below the scar.) I was recommended by a friend -- one of the foremost pelvic surgeons in the country -- to get myofascial therapy as soon as I was healed up enought. So that I did (thanks, Deb!) Lots of certified massage therapists (CMTs) have this additional training. Thankfully, mine did. I know some people who practice cranial sacral therapy who also have this training--bacially anyone who studied any form of bodywork might. Anway, she places her hands on either side of the scar and ever so subtly moves them in such a way that releases the tissue underneath. It lasted about 30 minutes and was soothing mentally as well as to my abdominal region. I had this about a month after my surgery, and then a few weeks later. I plan on going for about three more treatments. My surgeon and radiologist both said I healed exceptionally well. Myofascial therapy is good for any kind of scar, my CMT tells me. She's done it for mastectomy patients too.