- Why is it hard under my incision?
- Is it normal to have a hard lump after surgery?
- Why is there a hard lump under my scar?
- Why is my incision hard and swollen?
- How do you soften surgical incisions?
- What does suture granuloma look like?
- Why is my incision raised?
- Why does my incision feel tight?
- Is scar tissue a hard lump?
- How long does scar tissue take to soften?
- Is it normal to have a lump after stitches?
- Can massaging a scar make it worse?
- How do you loosen scar tissue?
- Will suture granuloma go away?
- How do you soften scar tissue under the skin?
A clear discharge from the surgical incision is common when a seroma is present. You may have an infection if the discharge becomes bloody, changes color, or develops an odor. In rare cases, a seroma may calcify. This will leave a hard knot in the seroma site.
Fluid builds up under the skin where tissue was removed. It may form soon after your surgery. Or it may form up to about 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. It may look like a swollen lump and feel tender or sore.
Why does my scar feel lumpy? You may feel bumps and lumps under the skin. This is normal and is due to the dissolvable sutures under the surface of the skin. These deep sutures take months to completely dissolve and the scar will not be smooth until this time.
Stage 1: Swelling. White blood cells in your body move into the wound. Think of them as infection-control agents. Their job is to fight bacteria. When you’re in this phase, which can go on for up to 6 days after your surgery, it’s normal to see some redness and swelling.
Scar Massage: Apply a small amount of lotion or Vitamin E oil to the scar. Using firm pressure with your thumb or fingers, massage the scar in a circular motion. Next move your thumb across the width and length of the scar. This should not be painful, but may be slightly uncomfortable at first.
These granulomas tend to look red and swollen, and in some cases, the body tries to remove the material through the skin’s surface, creating what looks like a boil or pimple.
A hypertrophic scar is a thick raised scar. It’s an abnormal response to wound healing in which extra connective tissue forms within the original wound area. The result a raised scar. Normally, a small wound to the top layer of your skin heals nicely.
In scar tissue, collagen proteins grow in a single direction rather than in a multidirectional pattern, as they do in healthy skin. This structure makes scar tissue less elastic , which may cause it to feel tight or to restrict a person’s range of movement.
When skin is injured, fibrous tissue called scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, extra scar tissue grows, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound.
Every patient and surgery is different but it typically takes about 6-8 weeks for scar tissue to heal. How do you break down scar tissue? To break down scar tissue we first lubricate the affected area with baby oil, lotion, or vitamin E oil.
You may feel bumps and lumps under the skin. This is normal and is due to the dissolvable sutures under the surface. They will go away with time. Occasionally a red bump or pustule forms along the suture line when a buried stitch works its way to the surface.
Massaging a scar that is not fully healed can damage the developing scar tissue, which can delay healing.
To break down scar tissue we first lubricate the affected area with baby oil, lotion, or vitamin E oil. Then we’ll perform different massage techniques including cross friction massage and myofascial release which help improve the alignment of collagen fibers and improve movement.
“Suture granulomas can resolve on their own, and simply monitoring it or using an anti-inflammatory agent may be all that’s needed,” says Dr. Mamelak, our dual board-certified dermatologist. In other cases, where the growth continues to get worse or becomes painful, the suture and granuloma can both be removed.
You can use any type of over-the-counter cream such as Vaseline, cocoa butter or hand lotion for this. The tissue should be massaged in the direction of the scar for ten minutes twice a day. This is useful for 3-6 months or for as long as it seems to be helping.