Scar Tissue Manipulation

Scar tissue forms as part of the healing process after a skin injury.   A scar is fibrous tissue made of collagen that replaces the injured skin.  

The following cancer treatments can cause scar tissue to form:

  • surgery

  • radiation therapy

Scar tissue can cause its own side effects:

  • nerve pain or numbness if scar tissue forms around nerves

  • A lump of scar tissue forms in the hole left after breast tissue is removed. If scar tissue forms around a stitch from surgery it's called a suture granuloma and also feels like a lump.

  • Changes in breast appearance.  Scar tissue and fluid retention can make breast tissue appear a little firmer or rounder than before surgery and/or radiation.

Manipulating scar tissue after surgery or radiation can help to alleviate tight tissues, allowing more range of motion, less pain, creating a more healing environment for you.

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