Why C-Section Scars Are Nothing To Fear: What You Need To Know
Once looked upon as something to be feared and hidden, c-section scars are now being embraced as marks of strength. While it's easy to talk about how positive a cesarean birth can be for you and your baby, it's hard to embrace the physical reminders of those moments that may remain with you long after delivery such as the scar from an abdominal cesarean. But there’s no need to fear or hide these visual reminders.
What Is a C-Section?
A c-section is a surgical procedure that is done to deliver a baby. It is also known as a cesarean section or cesarean delivery. To begin, the c-section incision site is numbed and an incision is made through the abdominal wall and uterus. Afterward, the baby’s amniotic sac is opened and the baby is removed from the uterus.
A c-section can last up to two hours, with recovery time varying based on individual cases. While c-sections have become increasingly popular in recent years, it's important to note that they are more complicated than a vaginal birth and require careful follow-up to monitor the mom for things like blood pressure, heart rate, c-section scar tissue and bleeding.
Recovery Time After a C-Section
Having a c-section is a major surgery, and new mothers need to allow their bodies the time needed to heal fully from the procedure. Recovery time will vary from person to person, but will generally require that the patient remain hospitalized for a few days after the procedure. Following this, some mothers may be able to return home with medical assistance while others may need to remain in the hospital.
Physical movement should be kept modest for several weeks afterward - light walking is generally okay, but heavy lifting should not resume until at least six weeks have passed. Mothers will subsequently also require extra rest as they recuperate and ensure that fatigue is appropriately managed.
Treating Cesarean Scars
Here's the good news: Once you have had a c-section, the scarring that may be left behind can often be managed and improved. There are several different treatment options available to treat cesarean scars, depending on the severity of your scarring:
Apply a Scar Treatment
A uterine incision, more commonly known as a cesarean scar, is an unavoidable part of major surgery. Thankfully, this hypertrophic scar can be treated to reduce its size and appearance. Try a luxury skincare system that will moisturize, soften and enhance the look of your scar. One such product is the Daily Dose -Vitamin C & E Scar Cream Serum by ESTAS Beauty. Use this scarcare serum to brighten, reduce redness and help to soften your scar.
Another way to improve the look and feel of your c-section scar is with regular massages. Massaging the area will get blood flowing to the area, which will help minimize scar tissue buildup. Before starting this process, ensure the wound is completely healed and you should have your healthcare professional's permission. Massages should be done daily for the best results. You should massage the area for five minutes, twice a day. A massage oil like the Morning Massage Vitamin E & Primrose Scar Cleansing Oil can help to moisturize and nourish the skin before, during and after the massage.
Wear Compression Garments
Compression garments are often recommended for people who have undergone surgery or who have scars from injuries. They help to support the skin and underlying tissues, which can help to improve the appearance of scars. Compression garments are typically worn for several weeks or months after surgery or injury and should be fitted by a medical professional.
Avoid Direct Sun Exposure
Direct sun exposure can cause cesarean scars to become darker and more visible. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process and to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when exposed to sunlight.
Use An Over-the-counter Cream
Several over-the-counter creams can help to improve the appearance of a c-section scar. These creams typically contain ingredients that help to moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation. ESTAS has a complete scarcare line which includes a daily serum, massage oil and sleep salve which is ideal for both new and old c-section scars.
How To Take Care Of Your Incision After Surgery
Taking care of yourself after surgery is just as important as the surgery itself. After your surgery, you may have a sutured incision or wound closure that needs special care and attention if it is to heal properly.
To ensure recovery of your incision, be sure to keep the affected area clean and dry at all times; clean the incision by washing it gently with soap and water twice a day. Avoid activities that are too strenuous, such as exercising or bending over, and refrain from taking hot baths if possible. Instead, opt for short showers with lukewarm water every day, avoiding any direct contact with the incision during your shower; remember to use clean towels afterward!
You should also wear loose clothing around the area in order to minimize friction and discomfort. Finally, follow any instructions provided by your doctor regarding managing pain or signs of infection carefully. Taking these steps can help ensure a successful recovery process and decrease the amount of time needed for healing.
C-section scars may look imposing, but they are nothing to fear. With the proper care and the use of scarcare products like ESTAS Essentials, your scar will look and feel healthy in time. During the healing process, keep it clean and protected from the sun. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you have any concerns about your incision or recovery. And remember: you are not alone. Millions of women go through this every year, and we all come out on the other side just fine.