How to Properly Take Care of Your C-Section Scar Postpartum
Whether your C-Section is a planned C-Section or an emergency procedure done to keep you and your baby safe, it can be a scary time – especially when you are concerned with seeing your baby for the first time! However, it is essential to understand how to take care of yourself after your procedure – especially when you go home with your baby.
While your focus is going to be primarily on your baby, you have to be sure to take care of yourself, too – and this can include taking care of your C-Section scar properly to avoid minimal damage to the skin, ensure proper healing, and avoid excessive scarring. If you are already healed, you may also be wondering what you can do for your scar now – how can you minimize the scarring or have it treated?
What Are C-Section Scars?
Following a c-section, no matter how well you care for the incisions, you will probably notice some scarring after the procedure heals. For many women, this is a cause of insecurity, and they may wish to find a way to reduce the amount of scarring that they have.
What Can I Do to Help My Scar Heal Better?
There are a few ways you can help your scar heal better, which can allow it to be a bit more faint or reduced in appearance as it heals. Some of those include:
- Clean the wound properly – avoid scrubbing the area, and instead let the warm soapy water from your shower flow down over the wound. After your shower, do not rub with a towel, but instead, pat dry gently.
- Use an ointment if you can. Some doctors think it is a great idea to use antibiotic ointments or creams and cover the wound. Others may opt for the wound being exposed to open air. Listen to your doctor and follow the instructions depending on your type of scar.
- Air the scar out. Keeping the scar covered at all times, especially with tight clothing, can introduce infection. Instead, try to keep it exposed to air, or covered by very loose, flowing garments so that the air can continue to move around it.
- Allow yourself time to heal. Do not jump back into heavy exercise routines or lifting things that may tear open your stitches, which can worsen scarring and be a medical problem for you. Instead, take it easy!
What is Scar Removal?
Scar removal for C-Section scars is a laser procedure that can drastically reduce or eliminate the appearance of scars that are formed from c-section incisions. For this, a fractional ablative radio-frequency pixel laser is used, which uses wavelengths that stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of scars. These treatments should ideally be performed between six and eight weeks after your c-section so that your skin can heal properly with the treatment.
Scar removal for c-section scars offers a treatment that has no downtime, is pain-free, and has almost no side effects. This makes it a great way to help reduce the scarring from a c-section without losing out on precious time with your new baby!
If you would like to learn more about scar removal for c-section scars, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today!