About one-third of moms give birth by C-Section. Scars that result after removal of the incision from C-Section Surgeries can be very frustrating and requires good care by the mother. The scar that results depends on the abdominal incision used. Horizontal incisions are more common (95%), and more preferred as they result in less bleeding, and the scar that forms after the horizontal incision heals is less sightly than the scar that results from the vertical incision. Vertical incisions are more painful, take longer to heal, and the resulting scar is more visible than the scar from the horizontal incision.
The scar size is between 10 to 15 cm, and in the beginning, it will be red, but the redness decreases. C-section scar type is usually a hypertrophic scar.
Here are some helpful hints to care for the scar:
- The scar may feel itchy, so be careful about scratching the area as it may infect the scar.
- Keep the scar area dry and clean. Do not vigorously scrub the scar area, just pat it with a clean towel.
- Avoid exposing the scar to the sun to minimize the damage to the scar tissue.
- Expose the scar to air as it promotes faster healing.
- Immediately after the wound heals, use a silicone scar gel on the healed wound to minimize the chances of a scar forming. The sooner you use it and less likely a scar will form.
- Avoid rigorous exercise for a few months after birth. Do not carry heavy items or bend a lot. However, walk a lot as it gets your blood flowing and promotes faster healing.