Is there a C-section scar removal that works?

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The first time I gave birth, I had a terrible labor experience because I chose to give birth the natural way, and I promised myself I won't do that again. However, the second pregnancy left me with an ugly C-section scar. What can I do about it? Do I have to see a doctor again?

ProudChilli

F, 34, California

I had a C-section scar that was hideous. My incision caused a shelf of loose skin to extend over a thick scar. I visited a plastic surgeon for a consultation, and the surgeon explained that steroid injections and creams would not treat my problems. He recommended that I have a mini tummy tuck to address my lower stomach area. This surgery tightened my lower abdominal muscles, removed the excess bulge of fat through liposuction and improved my hypertrophic scar. I'm thrilled with my results! You should see a plastic surgeon to learn about the best scar removal options for your C-section scar.

I had a really ugly C-section scar, and I saw a plastic surgeon to get some answers. The doctor explained that scarring depends a lot on genetics and pigmentation. Surgical excision was one option that my surgeon recommended because it would elongate my old scar and improve the way the scar looks because it was dark, raised and uneven. My surgeon explained that C-sections require six months to a year for full recovery, and suggested I complete a 10-minute massage 2 to 3 times a day along with the use of silicone gel sheets.

I did see a difference in the scar by following my surgeon's instructions. The scar was lighter and softer. But, my surgeon explained that if I was still not satisfied with the results from massage and the application of silicone, I could try a laser treatment or surgical excision. I ended up opting for plastic surgery and had the surgical removal. My scar is not thin and just above my pubic area. That ugly scar is gone! I recommend that you see a plastic surgeon to get the best options for your scar because there are are several scar options available.

I have had 3 C-Sections. My first was an emergency C-Section. I was not prepared at all. I originally went into the hospital for a natural birth and got the shocker of my life when I was wheeled by several doctors and nurses to prep for surgery instead. Needless to say, I was not thrilled. I heard stories about horizontal C-section scars near the incision area. I did not want that to happen to me. Of course, it did though. It took a few weeks to heal and I kept the C-Section wound clean and everything. I did try rubbing cocoa butter around the area. It soothed redness, but I was still left with a major scar post-pregnancy. My next 2 C-Sections were planned, so before the surgeries, I slathered cocoa butter, and whatever else I could find, over the area where I had my incision from the first C-Section. I was trying to prevent extra scarring. This worked somewhat. I did not notice any new scarring. After the third one, I was sure I would not be having anymore C-Sections, so I started checking out information on C-section scar removal. It was the best idea I have looked into. The scarring is gone now, and it has been 6 months. I can finally wear my two piece that I have been wanting to wear every summer, but was unable to before.

I get it. After delivering my baby via c-section (a total last-minute decision), I thought nothing of the resulting nasty c-section scar. My focus was on my baby. But a few weeks after the newborn bliss wore off, the pain of the c-section incision site was nothing compared to the permanent scar I’d have for what seemed like forever. I ended up tearing the incision, disrupting the healing process and forcing the wound to develop into a more noticeable scar. My advice to anyone getting a c-section: Stay still. I know it’s hard with a baby, but the irritation formed into an ugly keloid (raised scar tissue) on my abdomen. I spoke with my family doctor, who referred me to a plastic surgeon for a scar revision. I could have gone with a tummy tuck (too extreme for me) or a simple laser treatment, but none seemed right. I’m happy I got the scar revision. I can now wear a bikini without embarrassment.

There are some excellent home remedies that can reduce C-section scars. I saw results after massaging warmed olive oil into the scar for 3 months. If the scar itches, consider soothing aloe vera gel to the itchy site. Honey, lavender and coconut oils and lotions can also help. For large raised scars, consider going to a plastic surgeon. New injection fillers and other treatments are being used along with lasers.

I have been looking into this since I am scheduled to have a Cesarean section for my first pregnancy. I think the first step is always to care for the wound correctly as it heals. However, my sister has had a c-section as well, and her scar has been a work in process for a few years already. She is a firm believer in organic aloe vera gel and swears that her scar is diminishing in prominence by using it. She applies aloe every day and told me to stock up on the organic gels (which will be clear) or use it straight from the plant!