If you have recently had a C-section and are left with a scar, don’t fret. You’re in good company, nearly one third of all babies are delivered through C-section. That small abdominal scar is something you have in common with mothers everywhere. It’s a small reminder of the journey you have been on for a little over nine months. However, it doesn’t have to be with you forever. This quick guide will help you understand your C-section scar and give you some tips on how to help it fade away.
How large is a C-section Scar?
If you are a first-time mother, or it’s your first time delivering via C-section, you may be surprised how small the scar actually is. About 95% of C-sections require a horizontal incision sometimes called a bikini cut. The C-section incision rests just above your bikini line. Usually your baby can be delivered with an incision that is around six inches. Sometimes a vertical incision may be used depending on where your baby is situated or if there is an emergency situation.
What does a C-section Scar look like?
The type of scar that forms after your procedure depends on your skin type, the closure method, and how well you care for your wound. To better understand your risk factors, ask your doctor. If you are younger and have darker skin you may form a keloid or hypertrophic scar after your C-section. This is when the scar is raised or extends beyond the area of the original incision. Often C-section procedures result in a simple, straight scar that mirrors your incision. These scars can be managed with over-the-counter scar products.
Caring for You Scar with Stitches
Scar management begins even before stitches come out. It’s important to clean the area with the stitches according to your doctor’s orders. Also, be sure to keep your scheduled appointments so your doctor can monitor how the wound is healing. Your C-section procedure is a good excuse to take it easy. After all, you have been working pretty hard in the preceding months carrying your baby. Less activity will reduce the tension on the incision and help ensure it heals properly.
Reducing the Appearance of your C-section Scar
The good thing about a C-section scar is that it usually ends up as a simple, straight line. C-section scars can be managed with silicone scar products designed to be used once the area is completely healed. Silicone sheets are a great choice for scar management after your C-section. Silicone is the number one ingredient in scar management and can help on even the most difficult scars. We recommend alternating the silicone sheet with a silicone gel to help maximize the time your scar spends in the ideal healing environment. Silicone scar gels can also help relieve some of the itchiness and discomfort associated with scarring. It’s also important to limit sun exposure when trying to minimize a scar. Sunscreen can be applied on top of silicone gel after the gel has dried.
At Rejûvaskin, we have a Scar Heal® Kit designed specifically for C-sections. This includes the perfectly sized sheeting and silicone scar gel for an effective, easy-to-follow scar management system. We want to help you get back to feeling healthy, happy, and confident in your skin. So, if you have a C-section scar or you have a delivery coming up, we would love to help restore your skin to its natural, healthy, beautiful condition.