Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Cesarean Scar

The Cesarean Scar

If you’ve had a c-section you will be left with a Cesarean scar, it’s just a natural part of having surgery.

There are typically two types of incisions made when having a Cesarean, the low transverse horizontal incision and the longer vertical cut.� Most c-section procedures are done with the low transverse horizontal cut.� Generally, only in emergencies is the vertical cut made.

For the first few weeks following your c-section, your body heals by making scar tissue, this is where collagen is deposited into the wound area which is what makes the scar take on a raised, dark red appearance.� This is normal and as time goes on your scar will become less red and noticeable.

Most Cesarean scars are hypertrophic scars as opposed to Keltoid scars. Both scar types are raised above the skin, however hypertrophic scars are confined to the wound and eventually become flat and and return to normal skin color over time, usually within a few years.� Keltoid scars on the other hand spread beyond the wound and stay red and raised for many years.

Many Cesarean patients experience numbness around the incision and even in the abdomen for quite some time after surgery. The nerves, not the muscles, are cut so it takes time to have the feeling restored.

How fast your scar heals and the degree of scarring often depends on the type of surgery, your age, your genetics and how you care for it,� but there are things you can do to minimize or even prevent excessive scarring after surgery:

* Eat healthy foods, this does really speed your healing
* Ensure proper wound care avoiding infection
* Drink lots of water
* Avoid exposure to excessive sunlight
* Use of silicone dressing over the incision, in fact using silicone scar sheets have been shown to be effective in limiting scarring is many cases.

Many women struggle with being left with a Cesarean scar after having a c-section, but with proper care and good nutrition you can minimize the appearance of your scar sooner than later.� �
For me, my scar is hardly noticeable today, of course my youngest is 20 years old, but I’m also proud of my scar. It represents a very momentous moment in my life that I’ll always remember.

Learn more about Elizabeth at the Worry Free C-section and about how silicone scar sheets are an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of hypertrophic or surgical scars.

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