Rubbing helps soften scar tissue?

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Question from Arlene: I had surgery for a malignant tumor exactly 1 year ago. The surgeon went in three times. I have a big indentation and a lot of scar tissue. Can I continue to rub it to see if it gets any softer? The surgeon said I should have rubbed it from the beginning but failed to tell me that after my first surgery. Great, huh?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. It sounds like you've had re-excision multiple times, which leads to more surgical scarring. If radiation was part of the treatment, the scar tissue is due to both surgery and radiation. Massage may help to a certain degree. While I would continue stretching and massaging, one year out this may be your new baseline.

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