After any procedure, it’s important to look after yourself and take time and effort to fully recover, non-more so than after a cesarean section. On top of the advice to reduce activity and exercise it’s important to care for your wound and the surrounding skin. In time this will help prevent the appearance of scarring.
Inevitably a c-section will result in a scar/incision between 12-20cm. This is a substantial area to care for. Your midwife should advise you on how to look after your wound including doing the following things;
- gently clean and dry the wound every day
- wear loose, comfortable clothes and cotton underwear
- take painkillers if the wound is sore
- watch out for signs of infection
Non-dissolvable stitches or staples will usually be taken out by your midwife after five to seven days.
Once the stitches have been removed and the wound has healed over there are steps you can take to reduce the appearance of scarring.
- Early Treatment
Try and start treating a new scar as soon as a wound has healed doing this with the SilDerm Scar range can reduce the redness of the scar and flatten it within two weeks. Continue the treatment for 90 days for best results. The older the scar is when treatment commences the longer it can take to see a change.
As well as using one of our SilDerm Scar products we would recommend massaging the scar with a simple, additive and perfume free moisturiser. Our SilDerm Dual action scar gel has a rollerball head meaning it massages as it applies the silicone to the skin.
- Protect in the Sun.
Whilst most c-section scars are below the bikini line, some result in a vertical scar below the belly button. All Scars get worse in the sun. For best treatment keep the scar covered or shaded from direct sun. While active in the sun make sure you wear a high SPF sunscreen such as SunSense Ultra SPF50.