C-Section Scar Treatment

C-Section Scar Treatment

Now that your baby is born, you may be looking down at your C-section scar, wondering what you’re going to do about it. Let’s formulate a two-phase plan for your C-section scar treatment.

Phase 1 for Your C-Section Scar Treatment

During the first six weeks, there are three things that will help tremendously.

1. First, don’t panic or worry. The initial wound and scar may look bad to you right now but all scars heal with time.  How your scar looks now is not how it will look six months from now. Remember that you do have some control over the scar healing process.

2. Focus your attention on observing the wound, keeping it clean and addressing any signs of infection that may occur. Watch for a sensation of heat on the wound, any swelling, redness, or pus oozing from the wound. If any of these appear, see your doctor immediately. Preventing an infection is one of the best steps you can take to make your scar look good in the long run.

3. Avoid stretching the scar. Even gentle yoga stretches will be too much stress for your new scar to handle. The stretching will potentially tear the new collagen fibers that are forming to hold together the scar. It could end up widening the scar.

These first six weeks are the time when the new collagen fibers must be built. Once your doctor tells you the scar has healed enough, you can move to Phase 2.

Phase 2 for Your C-Section Scar Treatment

During this phase, the primary methods you’ll use to control healing are massage and topical ointments.

1. Massage breaks up any adhesions to organs or the fascia underneath that may form from the surgery. These adhesions may cause lower back pain or pelvic pain. If adhesions form around the bladder, they can cause frequency of urination.

If the scar is red and tender, use gently massage strokes around the scar but not on top of it. Once it has healed more and is not red and tender, you may begin more intensive massage. To do this, press into the scar from different directions. Locate the area where the movement feels restrictive. The restrictions are adhesions.

As you gently stretch and move the tissue with rolling movements or stroking movements in all directions, you’ll feel the tissue make gains in overcoming the restrictions.

2. When you massage the C-section scar, the best type of massage lotion to use could also be one that’s scientifically formulated to heal the scar. You can begin using a topical scar treatment once the sutures or staples are removed. The four most important ingredients to get rid of scars are vitamin C, aloe vera, silicone, and licorice. Each of these will assist is accelerating skin renewal in various ways.

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
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