The pressure both men and women place on themselves and on each other to have the ‘perfect’ (whatever that may be) body is staggering. Problem is, with the pressure of continued bombardment of svelte bikini clad and muscle-bound images thrown upon us via social media or magazines, many tend to feel insecure let alone the own self consciousness that tell us daily of our own insecurities!
I am constantly being asked advice for the improvement of scaring for those who have stretch marks or scars from mastectomy, cesarean, hysterectomy or any post op, that wish to improve the appearance of such. Stretch marks and scars vary from pigment and type – ice pick scaring, keloid scaring etc and they can be improved with treatment. Scaring, especially abdominal scaring can cause an emotional response, remember the skin is not a separate organ it is a living breathing community of cells that interact with environment, emotion and lifestyle. It is also part of an integral network of nerves, blood supply and fascia – superficial and deep, connected yet separate, it is therefore SO important to treat other areas of the body that may be affected from scaring – it is most common that women and men whom have had abdominal scaring may suffer from low back pain. Fascia, alone is THE most integral part of health and well-being in the body and skin, it moves, slides, divides and is essential to be hydrated to allow proper tensegrity.
When the body has endured a physical scar, not only will there will be the normal pigmentation and sometimes thickening of the skin, there will also be a risk of nerve function immobilizing, sensitivity and pain that appears elsewhere in the body with no logical connection. However fascia also connects in specific ribbons that run up, down, across and around the body which are called ‘anatomy trains’.`
Scars are the marks of stories to be told, they are something to show you have lived, experienced, overcome health battles and even housed a human being, one of the greatest blessing bestowed on us as women. The fact is, a scar or a stretch mark can not be got rid of, it can however, be maintained and skin texture, pain and numbness improved. This can be achieved with professional treatments ranging from laser, skin peels, dermabrasion, dermalrolling etc. However, if you have not already guessed. I personally am a huge fan of the ‘less is more’ approach and seem to have been extremely successful with it.
My Masterlift treatment is used not only for facial skin rejuvenation but also for the improvement of scar tissue and stretch marks. This is a picture taken of a hysterectomy scar, used with a very gentle and superficial technique of dermal rolling and application of active ingredients, including stem cells as well as some botanical and holistic remedies of mine. The picture on the right shows before and after treatments over six months, you can see an improvement in overall skin texture, thickening of the scar is decreased and stretch marks have significantly improved. Another modality I use is the Bowen technique to treat symptoms from scar tissue including
Numbness or desensitisation in or around the area of the scar
Pain & radiating pain (eg lower back pain from abdominal scaring)
Feeling of disconnection between lower and upper body (especially C-section scars)
Physical appearance of scar may be pale/white, red and ‘angry’, raised.
This my technique that I use for scar tissue treatment, in this video you can see that just after three weeks there is a significant improvement.
Many rave about certain oils sold in supermarkets or drug stores but I am not a lover of one in particular that is abundant in mineral oil, lanolin and petroleums and targeted for scar tissue, look out for the ingredients!
Here are a few of my must haves to use on scaring:
Restore :The amazing powerhouse properties of the Restore not only feed the skin but support imbalances within the epidermal flora. The skin’s eco system has its own unique community of microbes. These organisms need to thrive in an environment that has sufficient resources, so they can adapt to every skin condition and skin type. This can be beneficial for healthy skin but when they adapt to the wrong environment they can show symptoms of acne, inflammation, sensitivity, rosacea etc. Restore balances the skin’s natural flora and fauna and has antibacterial, anti- inflammatory, rejuvenating and brightening results. Restore is fortified in Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, which are chemicals produced by plants and are used to protect the skin from environmental toxicity among other factors. It also has been created with Probiotic Technology, including 8 strains of live bacteria culture that target a wide range of imbalances in the skin. A single species probiotic is very unlikely to deliver as Restore multi-strain formula works in more areas and provides better protection against a wider range of harmful bacteria, fungi, parasites, yeasts that may be present on the skin.
There are no artificial colours or preservatives so the product is completely natural, it is not tested on animals. Each application of Restore provides the skin with five billion live bacteria cultures. The ultimate epidermal skin food – fortified in Phytonutrients, antioxidants and probiotics in a hemp protein base that not only feeds and adds to the skins microbiome but is incredibly healing.
Repair + :A pure amino acid powder, required by the body for a range of repair and maintenance functions, such as wound healing, muscle and bone growth, digestive health and gut wall integrity.
It is also widely used by people with various forms of digestive and intestinal problems, an overtaxed or exhausted immune system, as well as by athletes following gruelling training routines – it breaks down uric acid from proteins.
Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid and is the most abundant free amino acid in muscle cells. L-Glutamine amino acid powder, is sourced from fermented glucose and is a great supplement to aid the repair of all cells and tissues in the body, including muscle tissue, internal organs, tendons, fascia, skin, hair and nails.
Repair + is the perfect accompaniment to support the body for optimum health, for recuperation and for sports performance. It contains no added: artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives, dairy products, gluten, lactose, soya, sugar, wheat or yeast. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Anoint: A specific blend of base oils that are abundant in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins including Vitamins A, C & E to condition and support the skins integrity. This was created to aid skin healing for stretch marks and scars, as well as softening and smoothing the skin. When AnointTM is mixed with MRL Restore it creates a probiotic exfoliation, leaving the skin revived, nourished and unbelievably soft.
Supports the skins integrity during pregnancy aiding prevention of stretch marks Aids the appearance and healing of stretch marks & scars
Aids healing of the skin during injury or trauma
Abundant in antioxidants & Linoleic acids
Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory & rejuvenating Non comodegenic
Abundant in Vitamins, Anti-oxidants & Omegas
For further advice on scar tissue rejuvenation, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Above all be confident in who you are and how you look, it is THE most attractive quality one can have!
“If we want our daughters to honor their bodies, they need to hear us honor ours, no matter what size or shape we are, no matter what scars or sags we see in that mirror.”