The FYG has some hypertrophic scarring issues that cause us some concern.
Obviously, her recent broken leg and ankle along with the surgery involved (putting a rod in the tibia) have us searching out ways to do what we can to minimize the scarring, and not just for cosmetic reasons. The scar tissue can build up internally as well, and then it restricts movement. We already have some experience with this, as she cannot straighten out one of her toes at all after surgery to repair some tendons she sliced while jumping the bathtub- she knocked a big sister’s razor off the shelf and accidentally jumped on the blades, severing four tendons to two toes. She was about 6. The surgery went beautifully and she had full movement of both toes, but over time, in spite of daily oiling and massage, scar tissue built up again and now she has no movement to speak of in that one toe. It would be this child, not her more sedate older sisters, who has issues with scarring.
Here are some interesting links a friend pointed me to:
silicone gel may be an effective treatment.
And this one is specifically about acne scars, but scars is scars. What I found most interesting was what it has to say about vitamin e at the bottom, mainly because any time I tell anybody that she has hypertrophic scarring issues, their first response is to blithely tell me how well they healed from their own surgeries and all I have to do is put vitamin E on it. I know they mean well, and I am just not that nice of a person and this is on me and not them, but it makes the Mama Bear in me snarly.
I told her surgeon about our concerns, and I could tell he didn’t really believe me, he thought I was just being a drama-mama. He reassured me in those soothing, patronizing tones doctors reserve for such situations that he would put a steroid cream on the incisions that would reduce scarring, which I appreciate. But yesterday at her appointment I got to momentarily emit that uncharitable whiff of personal satisfaction when he looked at her knee, looked again, looked a little startled, and then told me I should put more moisturizer on it. Well, I do. So does she. Now the surgeon believes what I was telling him.
Sigh. That sense of satisfaction at finally being taken seriously is truly only momentarily, because I do care more about my daughter’s healing than about being right.
Castor oil and massage may also help.
A doula with experience with c-section scar tissue recommends castor oil packs. More about them here (or just google- this wasn’t necessarily the best site I found, just one of the first).