The c section scar is the result of the vertical incision made during the surgical procedure and is approximately 4-6 inches long. How wide it is depends on how well it is treated, how healthy someone lives, genetics, and how well the wound heals. The scar is located on the lowest part of the tummy, just above the pubic bone. Because of its location it is mostly covered by underwear or clothes. Here are some c-section scar photos.
I stumbled upon this question on Yahoo Answers about c-section scar treatment and the answers given point out how many misconceptions about scar healing (in general) exist.
“I had a C-section 6 weeks ago and the scar is red and puffed up. Does anyone recommend a scar treatment for it? and when should I start applying the scar treatment?”
In the answers many of the common, so called effective, scar treatments are mentioned but a really truthful and helpful answer isn’t there. Yes, of course scar tissue improves over time as mentioned by one of the answerers. But no, Mederma is not a proven effective remedy actually. Studies show it works just as good, or even slightly less effective, as Vaseline.
Why so many people swear such products work for them possibly has to do with the massaging of the scar, improved blood circulation, and hydration. Regarding vitamin E capsules, better leave those where they are, or use them where they are intended for but do not use them topically. Studies have shown rubbing vitamin e into scars can make their appearance worse and cause skin reactions.
Wound Care vs Scar Treatment
Also the remark that the wound shouldn’t be treated until it’s fully healed should be clarified. In fact, optimal scar healing actually starts with proper wound treatment and if done well this can really make a difference. When speeded healing occurs and problematic aspects such as inflammation and infections are avoided the chances on developing more prominent scar tissue are decreased. The other way round; wounds that are not kept clean and looked after are prone to poor scar healing. Always consult your surgeon about the fastest way to heal open wounds. Tip: ask your medic about Medihoney wound dressings.
But the person giving this advice has a point. A clear distinction should be made between wound care and scar treatment. Scar healing remedies of a c-section scar should never be started before the incision wound has healed and closed.
The Best C-Section Scar Treatment
In this particular case, where this woman’s c-section scar is red and puffed up silicone strips can be a practical solution. It it is true that many scars, especially those resulting from surgery, can be red, bumpy, and look awful but eventually will improve. But silicone strips, which are in many cases FDA Class 1 Medical Devices, do not only improve the scar appearance, they also reduce or take away itchiness and pain. On top of that they reduce the chance on developing hypertrophic (red and raised) and keloid c-section scars. (keloids are scars that grow beyond the normal wound boundaries.)
Here’s a short review:
“The patches are called scaraway and are silicone sheets. I used them for my c-section scar and am VERY pleased. (My friends scar got red and bumpy..mine healed flat and pretty thin and is regular skin color now).. They adherer to your skin without tape (but they are not sticky like bandaids)..hard to explain..I hardly noticed they were on me…hope that helps”
Scar Pain and Massage
Some women experience pain in their c-section scar. This can vary from tingling to real pain as well as a numb feeling. Where some women loose sensitivity on the skin located around the scar tissue others experience extra sensitivity. Sometimes scar contractions can cause pain and discomfort. This can be solved by massaging the scar tissue because massage loosens the tissue, boosts circulation and thus makes the tissue softer.
C-Section Scars and Compression
Next to silicone strips compression is another scar healing therapy for which clinical evidence exists it actually works (although in lesser amount). Some women use compression belts also called C-Section compression bindersfor extra comfort, pain reduction and faster wound and scar healing. (Also scars seem to benefit from compression.)
Always avoid exposing your c-section scar to direct sunlight or use a high SPF sunscreen. Also when wearing thin clothes because many fabrics do not prevent the sun radiation from coming through.