C Section Scars


Most mothers would agree that C section scars are marks of love, battle scars from bringing into the world wonderful babies, living testimony of the fulfilled purpose of the woman’s body. C section scars are not caused by infection, as many erroneously believe, but  are the result of the skin healing itself by closing in on the incision.

Cesarean sections performed nowadays leave smaller c section scars measuring about 4 to 6 inches long. C section scars of this kind of delivery in earlier years, normally ran from the navel to the pelvic area, which were usually, 7 to 8 inches long.

Types of Cesarean Incisions and the Corresponding C Section Scars:

There are two incisions separately performed during cesarean  sections: abdominal incision which leaves visible scar on the tummy and uterine incision with scarring inside.

Abdominal Incisions

• Vertical incision which is commonly called classical incision because it is the original form of incision used. Its medical term is vertical midline incision. This type of incision is rarely used in modern times and is only performed in extreme cases such as the immediate removal of the baby or if the doctor needs a big incision. Vertical cesarean deliveries leave vertical c section scars that pass through the abdomen’s length, this is usually 7 to 8 inches long.

• Horizontal incision or bikini incision is made horizontally just above the pubic hairline. The medical term for this type of cesarean delivery is pfannenstiel incision. This type of incision causes least discomfort, heals well, and leaves a scar that is much cosmetically appealing making it a much popular choice. C section scars left by bikini incisions are 4 to 6 inches long and can be covered by underwear or pants.

Uterine Incisions

• Low transverse uterine incision, the most common incision, is made with horizontal cut across the lower part of the uterus. This type of uterine incision bleeds less and forms stronger c section scars that are less prone to rupture during labors in future pregnancies.

• Classical incision or high vertical incision is done vertically across the center of the uterus. This type of incision is more likely to bleed and the c section scars left have higher risk of tearing in succeeding pregnancies. Classical incision is performed very rarely except on extreme condition.

• Low vertical uterine incision is very similar to classical incision. The cut is made in the lower end of the uterus instead of in the center. This type of incision is used if bigger opening is needed and when the baby is in a transverse or breech position.

How Are C Section Scars Closed

Most doctors close c section scars with the use of glue, staples, sutures and at times a combination. The doctor’s choice will depend on the patient’s body type, as well as the type of cesarean incision made.

Treatments for C Section Scars

Treatment of c section scars starts with proper care of the wound to avoid problems such as infection and inflammation that will lead to more scarring and excessive tissue scars. Lotions such as Earth Mama Angel Baby, silicone strips like the Scaraway C-Section Scar Treatment Strips, and compression therapy are some of the treatments specifically developed for mothers recovering from cesarean sections.

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