A C-Section, unless planned prior to giving birth, is typically an emergency procedure, with very little time to prepare before the operation.
Although all surgery results in some type of scarring, an invasive procedure like a C-Section leaves a much larger scar than exploratory or minor surgery.
An operation performed under emergency circumstances also has a greater risk for scarring, as the surgeon must simply perform the procedure, without considering the cosmetic implications.
If you have undergone or may someday face a C-Section, here are some tips to minimize scarring so you can get your pre-baby body back.
It can be hard to keep still with a new baby in the house, but a C-Section is major surgery, and you will need time to heal. Try to keep bending, lifting, stretching or twisting the torso, and other activities that could damage the incision to a minimum.
Moisturize and Massage
Just after the scar fully heals, you can start using ointments such as shea butter and cocoa butter to help minimize its appearance. Antibiotic ointment and silicone scar treatments may also be appropriate (Ask your surgeon about specific scar aftercare recommendations). Be sure to keep your scar out of the sun as much as possible, and protect it with sunscreen when necessary.
Keep It Clean
Follow directions from your doctor regarding the cleaning of your incision, but as a general rule, the cleaner the better. Be gentle when handling the incision and scar. Jostling it can inhibit healing, allow it to produce micro-tears (tiny tears in the scar tissue of the incision), and can result in more scarring.
Give It Time
Everyone heals at a different rate, and some people’s scars simply fade better than others. Expect to wait at least a year before you see the final appearance of your scar. Bumpiness of a scar can actually take two full years to heal and flatten. If you are dissatisfied with its appearance at this time, you can try seeking options for minimizing the scar, such as laser treatments or fat grafting surgery.
Discuss With Your Surgeon
If you think it’s possible you will have to undergo a C-Section during delivery, talking to an ob/gyn might help you prepare for how to care for yourself should you require surgery. Most ob/gyn surgeons do C-Sections all the time and know how to perform the surgery to help minimize scarring, but it can’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the procedure if you think you may need one.
Have Loose Skin?
If you’re suffering from loose skin and stretched-out stomach muscles months after pregnancy, these problems will probably not go away on their own. The only way to fix them is with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with an expert plastic or cosmetic surgeon.
Our highly-qualified NY surgeons are skilled at creating a toned and tightened tummy while reducing an existing C-Section scar as much as possible. Most tummy tuck scars are easily hidden under a bikini or underwear.
If you’d like to learn more about the tummy tuck procedure, pre and post op care, and your candidacy, call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation at our Commack, Long Island or New York City tummy tuck offices.