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Mastectomy Surgical Scars


Author: Heidi W.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 08-31-2011
Views: 11,606
Word Count: 258
Questions Received: 4
Testimonial ID: 6266-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 5

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After my last surgery I had started to use Lavender on my surgical scars. I was hoping it would get rid of the redness of the incistion scars. I was amazed at how fast the scars were fading. They were significantly reduced within 6 weeks of putting the oil on morning and night.

This was 6 months after my surgery and the scars were so much better after 6 weeks then they had been in 6 months. The Lavender oil did what I was hoping it would do but what I was not expecting was how the Lavender oil got rid of the deep built up scar tissue on my breast! I had about 1 1/2" thick scar tissue that ran along my incision scar on my left breast and some pockets were deep scar tissue was forming. They disappeared!

I couldn't believe it. I am a massage therapist and had been doing friction and rolling techniques to reduce the scar tissue buildup, but it was really thick and could not be rolled. It was what we call glued down.

After using the Lavender oil for about 8 weeks, I could roll my skin on my breasts as easily as I could roll the skin on the back of my hand! I was amazed. That was my confirmation on how the oils can work for us. I am now passionate about the oils. I carry them with me and use them daily.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breasts — "D-limonene is one of the most common terpenes in nature. It is a major constituent in several citrus oils.... Being a solvent of cholesterol, d-limonene has been used clinically to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones. Because of its gastric acid neutralizing effect and its support of normal peristalsis, it has also been used for relief of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). D-limonene has well-established chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer. Evidence from a phase I clinical trial demonstrated a partial response in a patient with breast cancer and stable disease for more than six months in three patients with colorectal cancer."Link
2.Associated topics: scars — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
3.Associated topics: surgery-(Post-operative-recovery) — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
4.Associated topics: scars — "[A] pulverized mixture of four herbs including Agrimonia Eupatoria (A), Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn (N), Boswellia Carteri (B) [Frankincense], and Pollen Typhae Angustifoliae (P)... was first described in Chinese canonical medicine about 2000 years ago for treatment of various trauma disorders, such as hemostasis [bleeding], anti-inflammatory, analgesia [pain], and wound healing, etc.... [W]e showed that local ANBP treatment not only significantly enhanced wound healing by relieving inflammation, increasing formation of granulation tissue, and accelerating re-epithelialization, but [it] also reduced scar formation by decreasing collagen production [and] protuberant height and volume of scars and [by] increasing collagen maturity.... [Results show that ANBP] promot[es] wound healing and alleviat[es] scar formation, which may be an effective therapy for human wounds at the earliest stage."Link
5.Associated topics: surgery-(Post-operative-recovery) — "[T]he influence of essential oils (mainly tea tree, lavender, chamomile, thyme and ocimum [basil] oils) on wound healing and their potential application in clinical practice."Link

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