Treating C-Section Scars
Treating C-Section Scars
C-section scars are the result of giving childbirth through the abdomen, verses a natural uterine birth. Childbirth through caesarean delivery prior the advanced technologies of today used a longitudinal incision on the abdomen large enough to fit the baby. These incisions, were large, difficult to maintain, caused more bleeding and usually left large scars leaving the patient self conscious.
Because of today’s technologies, caesarean deliveries are done by a transverse incision made on the lower abdomen just above the bladder. This incision produces less blood loss and is smaller in size. The scar left from this incision is usually easy to hide by clothing. However, they can still leave the patient self conscious.
There are two incisions made in a caesarean delivery today. One incision is on the outer wall of the abdomen and one in the uterus. The abdomen incision is the cause of a C-section scar on the belly.
In order to promote healing and minimize scarring, it is important to maintain the incision area. You should always wash your hands prior to caring for the wounded area. Cleaning the wound with an antiseptic soap with every dressing change can be beneficial in reducing scarring. After washing the wound, it should be dried with a clean cloth. A topical antibacterial gel may be applied prior to applying a dressing.
Applying a gel or dressing not only keeps the wound moisturized it protects it from getting infected. Infection can cause a larger scar, as well as, other complications.
It is recommended by most healthcare professionals that scar treatments should not begin until the wound is healed. A wound heals at a different rate for each individual. Some thing to keep in mind for a time line in the healing process depends on a number of factors. Age and heredity are a couple of factors, but mainly it depends on the size and depth of the incision. Treatments can begin after the wound has healed.
Treatments for C-section scars
Silicone sheets and strips are used to hold back excessive growth of scar tissue, stop itching, reduce inflammation and keeps the area moisturized. Silicone sheets’ effectiveness in reducing c-section scars has been proven overwhelming. These products may be obtained over-the-counter.
Compression dressings may not be as effective as silicone sheets but they do reduce scarring by preventing overproduction of collagen by applying constant pressure to the scar. These dressings are sometimes used with a caesarian section binder, which is a belt.
Massage has proven to help reduce c-section scarring. Applying pressure until the area turn white, then massaging in all directions over the scar can increase blood flow which can help reduce the notability of the c-section scar.
You may also want to reduce exposing the scar to excessive sunlight as the sunlight rays can hinder scar healing and cause discoloration to the scar making it more visible.
It is better to start c-section scar treatment as early as possible to reduce its permanence. As with any treatments it is best to consult with a medical professional to see what, if any, treatments are right for you.