C-section scars can take a while to completely disappear. While wound of the incision heals quite fast, a faint line above the pubic hair line remains visible for quite some time. The good news is both vertical and horizontal incision scars can be dealt with ease at home without going through complicated skin procedures. The planning should start right from the hospital stage. A pregnant woman should have a discussion with the doctor about the staples, glues and the stitches a doctor uses and what is the length of the scars that she might expect after the baby is delivered.
Here is the list of options that a young mother has in order to get rid of the scars.
There are many types of laser therapy available out there. While some soften the texture, some help to eradicate the skin discolouration. It is a good idea to get one therapy done immediately after the stitches are removed. However, consult a dermatologist or an OB-Gyn to understand whether laser therapy is suitable for you and how many sessions are necessary to get the desired texture of the scar.
The silicone sheets are readily available over the counter and are not very expensive compared to cosmetic process such as skin grafting. Research has found that silicone sheets help to flatten and soften the scars. It comes particularly handy if a woman is suffering from hypertrophic or keloid scars. Silicone sheeting should start only after 12 weeks of the C-section. Visible changes can be witnessed only after using it for a month or so. Silicone is also available in the form of creams and gels.
Stay away from the Sun:
Sunlight can be pretty lethal to the scars. It makes the scars more noticeable by making it lighter or darker around the surrounding skin. It, therefore, makes sense to hide the scars from sunlight.
If the scar is aggressive in nature, it makes sense to take a steroid injection. Steroids can help to reduce the inflammation and makes the scar less noticeable. A doctor can push steroids during the time of stitching or the steroid can be pushed once the scar heals. These injections are required to be taken once in a month for six months at stretch. Steroid injections may or may not get covered by insurance.
This is a surgical procedure. A surgeon completely removes the skin around the scar and sutures the new skin with precision. This ensures that the scar is thin and is less noticeable. Scar revision suits those with hypertrophic or keloid scars. The cost involved in this process is dependent on the length of the scar and can be done with a local anaesthesia.
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can be considered if a person has loose skin on the stomach. This is a procedure that involves cutting off the extra fats and carefully stitching the incision together. This procedure is a good option for those who have a long scar. If, however, the scar is small, this procedure might not be very effective.
Some home remedies
- A herbal oil massage can help to break the collagen and soften the scar tissue causing compression and increasing circulation.
- Applying Aloe Vera gel to the scar region can lighten the stretch marks.
- Some other good home remedy option includes vitamin E oil, Vaseline, lemons, honey, turmeric, cocoa butter etc.
However, these home remedies should be applied after prior consultation with a dermatologist or OB-gyn.