Because of a similar accident my husband recently had, I decided to go ahead and share the following story with you; an experience that devastated me a while back. Luckily, my husband felt and continues to feel much better about his situation than I originally did mine, due to him witnessing the wonderful effects that massage had on my facial scar.
FYI – This post does not have much to do with PNMT per se, but rather massage as a whole… So I hope you don’t mind.
Back in 2008, I cracked my forehead open while we were vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Ugh! Call me vain, but I was so sick to my stomach; automatically assuming I would need plastic surgery in the near future… And of all places, on my face.
(I can’t believe I am actually including the first two pictures in this post, but it’s important for me to show you how powerful massage truly is.)
Right after the accident and with stitches. Can you tell I had some serious crocodile tears?
Check out that gash! I know it could have been worse, but I’m a female and sometimes females worry about these things. 🙂
In order to get with a Plastic Surgeon as soon as possible, we headed back to the States early. The doctor we ended up scheduling with told me—in a surprised tone—that the resort’s doctor actually did a really good job stitching me up. Thank goodness, right?! He also said that because it was vertical and perpendicular to my lovely wrinkles, I would definitely need plastic surgery down the road.
Having just graduated from massage school shortly before, I asked him if he thought massaging the scar would help, and his response was “The only way to know for sure is to massage half of it, but I don’t think it will help regardless.” Ummm… Half? Seriously? Not gonna happen! Instead, I decided to ignore his statement and addressed the whole darn thing on my own.
Goofy distorted self-portrait two months later.
After the scab was completely gone, I massaged it multiple times a day in the very beginning; paying special attention to the scar-tissue that was forming in and around it. Sometimes I used medium pressure; other times I used deep pressure, basically to a point where the area was pretty tender the next day. When that was the case, I would take a day off or lightly rub down—towards my heart—to increase blood flow. On a few occasions, I used Vitamin E oil, but most of the time I didn’t need to because my face tends to be on the oily side as it is.
About two months ago.
Well, here I am today… Four years later, and you can hardly see my scar. I did not massage my scar daily this whole time, just for the first six or so months. Even then, I probably missed a day, or two or three, here and there.
All in all, massage in general, works some serious wonders in my book. If you ever have an accident—which I hope you don’t—and worry about potential scaring like I did, try giving massage a try. It’s less invasive and has the potential to save you a ton of money.
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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain-free” ~ Me
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