Cosmetic imperfections such as a C-section scar can be a source of concern and insecurity for women. Typically, the incisions are 10 centimeters or fewer in length. Healed scars range from four to six inches, though this can depend on the C-section delivery circumstances.
While surgeons do their best to minimize the width and length of the scar, it will always be a visible marker that may make some women self-conscious. In some cases, keloids, an irregular overproduction of collagen and fibrous tissue at the site of an injury, can occur and give the scar a raised or thicker appearance.
Even though some bikinis and a one-piece swimsuit can cover many C-section scars, they are often visible while wearing low-slung pants and undergarments. They can sometimes produce insecurity for women in the bedroom, as well.
However, a fractional CO2 pixel laser can dramatically reduce the appearance of embarrassing C-section scars and restore confidence and self-esteem to women who may be unhappy with their appearance. On a functional level, the CO2 pixel laser also helps minimize irritation that sometimes occurs with raised C-section scars rubbing against clothing.
About C-Section Scar
A C-section scar is the result of a Cesarean delivery, which is a planned or unplanned surgical procedure to deliver a baby via abdominal and uterine incisions. The visible C-section scar is usually a horizontal line on the abdomen near the bikini or pubic line.
However, sometimes large incisions are needed for Cesarean delivery depending on the situation, such as the need for a quick delivery. In this case, a vertical incision from the pubic bone to below the navel may be made.
C-section scars can vary in appearance once they heal. A scar can be pale and thin or red and raised.
How does a fractional CO2 laser help?
The fractional CO2 pixel laser’s precise light wavelengths stimulate collagen and elastin growth in the skin, helping to reduce and to minimize the appearance of C-section scars, any injury-related scars and stretch marks.
Why use laser treatments for C-section scars?
Women of any age who use laser treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring or stretch marks:
- Experience no downtime
- Have minimal discomfort/pain
- Feel almost no side effects
- Can return to daily activities immediately
- Need one treatment a month for a minimum of three months
- Return to work the same day or a day later
How effective is laser treatment with C-section scar reduction?
Women tend to see higher success rates in treating their C-section scars and stretch marks the newer they are. Scars and stretch marks created in the last six months respond especially well to laser treatments with a fractional CO2 pixel laser. Ideally, women should treat their C-section scar within six to eight weeks for optimal results. However, Dr. Ghozland can treat all stress- and trauma-related marks at any stage of appearance.
How do I care for my new C-section scar to help promote optimal healing?
Helping a C-section scar heal properly and reducing the risk of infection can help its healed appearance. Infection also delays the healing process. Women should remember to:
- Get enough sleep and avoid heavy lifting or unnecessary physical exertion.
- Maintain proper posture and support the abdomen during sudden or violent movements.
- Remain hydrated with plenty of water and other fluids.
- Keep the incision area clean by changing the dressing with regularity and washing with warm, soapy water. Only touch the incision with clean hands.
Treatments with the CO2 pixel laser take place in Dr. Ghozland’s tranquil Santa Monica office, located four blocks from the ocean. (Although Dr. Ghozland specializes in women’s health and betterment, the CO2 laser technology works on any type of scarring. His office is happy to provide consultation on any type of scar, as well.)
The treatments dramatically improve the appearance and feel of C-section scars while empowering women with newfound confidence. For more information, or to set up a free initial consultation, please call Dr. Ghozland’s office at (310) 393-9359.