Caesarean Section: How To Get Rid Of A Scar

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Caesarean Section: How To Get Rid Of A Scar
Caesarean Section: How To Get Rid Of A Scar

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Almost 30% of births in Russia end in a cesarean section. A “souvenir” after surgery is a scar that requires care. How to properly care for a wound and what is “scar removal” after a cesarean section?

scar after cesarean section
scar after cesarean section

Elimination of the scar after cesarean

Scar removal is a massage performed on and around the scar. This is part of the rehabilitation process. Thanks to this, the scar is separated from the surrounding tissues, its natural mobility is restored.

There are a number of mobilization techniques and methods for manual scar treatment. Some of them should be done under the supervision of a physiotherapist, and some can be done independently at home, after the instruction of a specialist. The first steps to eliminate the scar begin only when the wound has completely healed, that is, at least 4-6 weeks after childbirth.

What are the benefits of cesarean section scar removal?

  • improving its appearance;
  • reduction of discomfort associated with a feeling of skin tightness, tension;
  • improving its elasticity;
  • reducing the risk of postural defects (stoop, change in posture, change in gait);
  • prevention of adhesion formation.

What does a cesarean scar look like?

In the initial stage after cesarean section, the wound is red. Turns pink as it begins to heal. It is usually about 10-15 cm long. A properly healed scar should be flat and pearlescent. If it turns red, painful, itchy, or protrudes above the surface of your skin, see your doctor right away.

How to care for a cesarean scar

The key to caring for scars is caring for a cesarean section wound. Immediately after surgery, a sterile bandage is applied to the wound. It is usually removed after 3 days. After that, you can proceed to gentle care. Use a hypoallergenic soap to wash your laundry. It is best to wear loose, airy underwear made from natural materials. The wound must be protected from irritation, as ultimately it can lead to the formation of not only larger, but also darker scars. If you experience alarming symptoms such as fever or purulent discharge, see your doctor immediately. Most likely there was an infection. Appropriate treatment must be prompt.

Once the stitches have been removed and the wound has completely healed, scar treatment can begin. It is worth contacting a physiotherapist who will conduct the appropriate therapy and tell you how to massage the scar yourself at home. It is worth remembering that physiotherapy also requires cut tissue inside and abdominal muscles that have been stretched and damaged. Kinesio taping is a popular practice. This is a technique for gluing highly flexible tapes directly onto the scar. Properly applied tapes bring the ends of the scar closer together, keeping it stable.

Caesarean section, scar massage

Massaging the scar after a cesarean section prevents adhesion formation and restores the correct mobility of the scar. The intensity of the massage, as well as the type of technique, should be appropriate for the healing stage at which the scar is located. How to start treatment for a cesarean section scar?

  1. The inflammatory phase, which lasts 2 to 7 days after surgery. This is the time when the scars are not mobilized. A physical therapist can only perform a gentle drainage massage of the surrounding tissues. A woman should be careful when getting out of bed or chair. Don't sit on a deep sofa. Any irritation or attempts to heal the scar on your own can cause the wound to open and thus hinder the healing process. This time should be spent on rest, provide air access to the rumen, make sure that it is dry and clean.
  2. Growth and angiogenesis phase.This lasts up to about 8 weeks after surgery. At this stage, blood vessels and tissues are restored. After 4-5 weeks, when the wound is completely healed, you can start gentle work with the scar. However, be careful not to stretch it. Steps to correct scar formation include: manual mobilization of the scar itself, proper exercises, and maintaining the correct posture of the woman. It should be added that the work with the scar should be carried out under the supervision of an experienced physiotherapist (physiotherapist of the urogynecological profile). At the second stage, the patient can gently massage the scar on her own with the help of specially designed preparations. Regular use of special creams will make the scar more elastic and lighter over time. The treatment also provides greater comfort - the scar does not itch or pull on the surrounding tissue. We avoid discomfort associated with tissue healing.
  3. The remodeling (modeling) phase usually lasts from 6 months to 2 years after surgery. This is the time when you can continue to work on the scar if necessary. You can exert more effort during the exercise and apply a deeper and more intense massage. It should be added that by rehabilitating the scar, we provide greater safety in case of repeated pregnancy. Another caesarean section can be avoided, this is called VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section). According to the WHO recommendations, doctors and midwives should recommend that women give birth naturally after a caesarean section.

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