Any woman who undergoes cesarean section would have either a vertical incision or horizontal incision on her belly. Like other operative scar, C section scar also takes sufficient time to heal. You need to strictly follow your doctor’s advice in not lifting weight and do vigorous exercise until the wound has completely healed. It takes enough time for you to get back to the previous position and you may need assistance from your relatives or family for taking care of home chores.
The surgical incision is always prone to infection and inflammation until it is healed totally. Before this time, you should not attempt to run or do exercise which would delay the scar in proper healing. You need to wash the scar daily in the shower without rubbing it. It is good to use antibacterial soap for some time and massage gently on the scar to remove any bacteria or debris on the surface.
Your doctor may ask you to apply the bandage on the C section scar for a week or even more depending on how it has healed. For the first week, you should repeat the dressing in the nearby clinic to facilitate proper healing of the scar. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe antibacterial ointment to be applied before the dressing of the scar.
Be sure you are seeking immediate medical attention if your scar ooze out pus or develops swelling. This is certainly a rare phenomenon but it can form pus when it gets infected. After it gets completely healed, you can exfoliate the skin gently for removing the upper layer of the dead cells of the skin. Gradually the scar portion becomes less noticeable and mingles with the skin color.
Very often, the C section scar goes inside the undergarments since it is usually cut well below the abdominal area.
Fractional laser therapy is given for minimizing the scar appearance after the C section. In this process, the fraction of the skin is treated leaving the surrounding skin area untouched. This method helps in healing the scar rapidly and is very effective for removing the C section scar. Once the laser therapy is done it removes the dead cells, replacing it with collagen from the body thus forming new skin.
Nowadays modern techniques are used while operating for cesarean using dermabrasion method. Some women would prefer to do tummy tucking for hiding the scar totally. This is very expensive cosmetic procedure and alternatively you can also do another plastic surgery for clearing the scar from the surface of abdomen.
Treating Pain :
There may be itch and pain around the incision area until the skin recovers. Apart from pain, some women experience discomfort on the abdomen for few weeks. You may also find it difficult to sit or bend over for some days. There may be occasional itching or irritation on the incision area.
After consulting your doctor, you can take pain reliever for reducing the pain. Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes and leave some air for the wound to heal fully.
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Treating Infection on the Scar :
When the skin gets infected on the C section scar, it becomes red and swollen. This is due to the growth of bacteria on the area and it becomes tender and warm to touch. However your body’s defense mechanism would send antibodies to destroy the bacteria. You should contact your doctor immediately if you find any pus oozing out from the C section scar.
The symptoms of infection are reddening of the area, swelling and itching. For some women, there may be pus like discharge with foul smell. If left untreated, the bacteria may invade the internal cells causing infection internally. There may be moderate pain in the stomach and you need to take antibiotics for stopping the infection advancing.
Septicemia is a rare type of infection on the C section scar in which the bacteria enters into the bloodstream. It is a life threatening condition causing fever, chills and palpitation. In that case, the patient has to be hospitalized immediately and put on IV fluids for controlling bacteria.