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Why is scar tissue red?

Sherry asked me the following questions on the "ask me a question about scar tissue" page.

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Why is the scar tissue red?
Why does the scar tissue hurt so much, even after several years have passed?
Why does the scar tissue feel hard and not soft?
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Hi Sherry!
These are three very distinct questions about scar tissue, all very good questions and all answered here.


Why is scar tissue red?

Scar tissue can come in any color that the body's skin can produce. So, if your scar tissue is red, be thankful. There are people who have scars which stand out more than red does on the skin.

Redness in the scar tissue actually could be a good sign as well. Redness can be a sign that there is healthy blood flow through the area... it could also be a sign that there is blood flow that is being constricted in the scar tissue. Chances are, however, that there is some blood flow in the area, which is actually a good thing towards helping the area to eventually heal.


Why does the scar tissue hurt so much, even after several years have passed?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that possibly, the reason your scar tissue hurts now is because it wasn't worked with after the injury. When I had a hernia, and surgery to repair it, I didn't know that I could work on the scarring underneath the skin, much less did I know that I actually SHOULD work on the scarring under the skin. As a result, I had to work through a fair amount of pain a few years later, in order to get the scar tissue to loosen up.

In general, here's a good little math equation. (# months/years since scar formed)* .5 = time it will likely take to heal.

Take the time that it has been since you first got the scar... let's say 5 years. If you started working with that scar tissue today, you'd likely need to work on it for 2 - 2 1/2 years before you would have as complete of a healing as the body would allow.

I know that may sound like a long time, but think - after the next 2 1/2 years conclude, if you are dilligent about working with the scar tissue daily or weekly, you will have healed as completely as possible. That's really exciting!

What if it's been 20 years since the event and you're just now starting to work on it? Well, get started. It could take up to ten years. It's likely that the healing will happen much sooner, and that you'll be able to help it happen much sooner, but the important thing is to get started.


Why does the scar tissue feel hard and not soft?

Again, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it's due to a lack of movement or massage. Skin, by it's very nature, is a movable and living organism. The function of scar tissue in the body is to hold together spaces between tissues that have been separated. So scar tissue MUST be stronger and more solid than regular skin. You can work to make it more soft and pliable however. You may not notice results right away, but by beginning to cross-fiber, stretch, and massage the scar tissue, as well as by eating healthfully, you can begin to reduce the solidness of the scar tissue, and eventually cause it to feel nearly or completely like ordinary skin.


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