Here's everything you need to know about C-sections and your skin.
Once you get the thumbs up from your doctor that your wound has closed, the C-section scar treatment may begin.
After safety and recovery concerns, Mamas prepping for Caesarean sections will commonly ask the same question: "But Doc, will I have a nasty C-section scar for the rest of my life?"
After two Caesareans, I can tell ya Mamas: it's not that bad. With patience and proper postpartum skincare, you can minimize healing time and reduce the appearance of scars.
Here's everything you need to know about C-section scar treatment & recovery skincare:
Every year, approximately 1/3 of pregnant women in America deliver via Caesarean section. In fact, it's the most common operation in U.S. hospitals. If you want an overview, here's one of my favorite articles on what to expect with C-sections.
How big will my C-section scar be? Most Mamas imagine the worst; however, incisions are surprisingly small. A majority of cuts are four to six inches, running parallel below the bikini line. With this incision, many Mamas find they can cover their scar even in a skimpy bikini! In rare cases, doctors will do a vertical incision below the belly button -- but again, that's in emergencies only.
What will my C-section scar look like? Like most wounds, the healing process for a C-section will be the same. At first, the incision will likely ooze a small amount of clear fluid discharge, and -- like pregnancy stretch marks -- be raised and red or purple in color. As it heals, itchiness, sensitivity, and soreness are common. After several months, the wound will shrink and fade to a flat, silvery scar.
Can I make my C-section scar heal more quickly? Yes, M'am! Once you get the thumbs up from your doctor that your wound has closed, you can begin treating the scar. Most women use a combo of vitamin E and cocoa butter, while others head straight for the Mederma. For me, I continued using Tummy Butter, our cocoa butter for stretch marks and Caesarean scars.
Tamanu oil has been used on scrapes, cuts, and scars for centuries. Not only does it relieve sharp pain, it's antimicrobial and helps healthy skin regeneration!
Unlike Mederma, Tummy Butter also helps subside the insane itching that can accompany the healing process. Tummy Butter also contains amazing tamanu oil, which has been used for ages to treat scrapes, cuts and accelerate wound healing. To expedite healing, treat your wound before it has completely scarred. While it's in its pink-purple stage, massage the surface twice a day with Tummy Butter for a few minutes. This increases blood circulation and helps the scar remain pliable. Meanwhile, Tummy Butter's vitamin E and cocoa butter moisturizes dry skin by penetrating the skin's deepest layers.
Have you had a C-section? How did your scar heal? Share your experiences below!