After a C-Section, women are often left with a scar that they are unhappy with. This scar can often get worse over time, particularly if there has been any weight gain in the lower abdominal area.
A C-section scar is the result of a Cesarean delivery which is a surgical procedure to deliver a baby via abdominal and uterine incisions. The visible C-section scar is usually a horizontal line on the abdomen near the bikini or pubic line.
However, sometimes large incisions are needed for Cesarean delivery depending on the situation such as the need for a quick delivery. In this case, a vertical incision from the pubic bone to below the navel may be made.
C-section scars can vary in appearance once they heal. A scar can be pale and thin or red and raised. In some cases keloids, an irregular overproduction of collagen and fibrous tissue at the site of an injury, can occur and give the scar a raised or thicker appearance.
There are several cosmetic treatments for improving the appearance of a C-section scar. These include:
Radio Frequency: This popular treatment uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen and elastin growth in the skin, improving the appearance of the C-section scar.
Steroid Injection: Steroids may help to reduce the inflammation, size and color of the scar.
Scar Revision: This treatment method involves removing or excising the old scar, as well as the scar tissue down to the muscle layer. C-section scar revision releases the tissues to their original position and closes them, restoring a smoother appearance on the abdomen and a thinner-looking scar.
Tummy Tuck: If you have loose skin on your abdomen along with a C-section scar, a tummy tuck may be worth considering. The scar and extra skin will be cut away, although the procedure will leave a scar of its own.