C Section Scar – How Bad Can It Be?


A C section scar is a reminder of the surgical procedure made through a mother’s abdomen and uterus by one or more incisions to deliver one or more babies.

There are two types of incisions made in the abdomen: vertical and horizontal. The vertical incision or commonly known as the classical incision was the original type of cesarean incision used. A vertical midline is the medical term for vertical incision which is very rarely performed nowadays except in extreme circumstances.

The horizontal incision is popularly known as bikini incision or in medical term pfannenstiel incision which is now commonly used. It is a cut made at the top of the mother’s pubic hair or just over the pubic hair line. The bikini incision is a much more cosmetically appealing and discreet C section scar, once it has healed.

During the healing process, the C section scar tends to get itchy, and this is just normal. Just be careful about scratching because intense scratching can lead to infection. Some mothers find a soothing relief from the itching by holding something tightly over their C section scar.

To ensure that the scar will not get irritated, try to avoid clothing that directly sits over the scar. Choose different underwear or pants for a few months as the tissue heals. Be sure to keep the area clean and dry.

The time it takes for the C section scar to heal varies from woman to woman. There are certain conditions that may impede the healing such as poor nutrition, infection, and poor hygiene. So it is best for mothers who have undergone cesarean operation to stay healthy by eating well to help their bodies in healing the site of the incision.

The resulting scar when healed will measure from four to six inches long. The incision will vary depending on the placement of the incision and the length required to deliver the baby.

Precautions for a C Section Scar

Since the incision made for the cesarean operation is not just skin deep, there are important precautions to be followed in taking care of a C section scar. For the scar to heal well, the mother should avoid straining and putting pressure on the abdomen. Mothers should take notice of the progress of the healing of the scar. Make sure to keep the area clean and free of stress so the healing process can begin.

Treatment for a C Section Scar

Some women may not view their C section scar as appealing, and will opt for some kind of treatment. The regular use of scar removal cream is usually advised by the gynecologist as the use of such cream helps in the reduction and healing of the C section scar.

Other options are the use of silicon sheets and scar treatment kits. These products will do great wonders for healing a c section scar. These treatment options are quite safe and may be done without imposing any health risk. The only requirement before using these products is to make sure the wound from the cesarean operation has completely closed before applying any of these treatment options.

To safely and effectively improve the appearance of the C section scar, be diligent and protect the area as much as possible.

  One Response to “C Section Scar – How Bad Can It Be?”

  1. What are some proper ways to clean it.

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