As the cesarean delivery date approaches, one of the most frequent concerns for expectant mothers is knowing how the care should be and how the scar that is performed will look.
Although previously the scar from the cesarean was vertical and showy.
Currently this scar is usually made below the bikini line and have a horizontal appearance, so that they look aesthetically better after recovery.
Cesarean scar care is essential for a quick recovery and avoid leaving a horrible mark.
Whatever technique (with staples or thread) was used to close the incision, the outer stitches of the caesarean section scar usually heal in about ten days, but deep wound healing is a little slower and more gradual.
All sensations of tightness and sensitivity in the area will begin to disappear with the passage of weeks, but before this happens, it is important to follow a series of basic care so that the caesarean scar heals properly and looks better.
What you can do before the C-section
If you have previously scheduled a cesarean section, you can begin to follow certain measures to make wound healing much quicker.
The main thing is to apply a good moisturizer in the area every day to bring greater flexibility to the skin. It is also very important that you drink plenty of water and pay attention to your diet, through the consumption of vitamins (vegetables and fruits) and proteins (meat, fish and dairy).
Hydration and skin care is essential for cesarean wound healing
Preparing the skin of the area with these simple guidelines can make a difference for women who tend to develop keloids. Keloids are complications that can present the scar of caesarean section throughout its evolution but tend to affect only 5% of women.
When the cesarean scar thickens and grows abnormally, it may hurt or itch, and your care must be much more special.
The scar after cesarean section
Upon successful completion of the cesarean section, the cesarean scar wound will be covered with a surgical dressing, which will be constantly monitored while you are in the hospital to ensure that there is no bleeding.
Once the wound looks good, it will be uncovered for you to take a breath and you can observe its evolution.
It is important to follow your doctor’s care and instructions.
From now on, your gynaecologist will advise you to follow some indications so that you take care of the wound and avoid infections according to the closing technique that was used. However, there are other general cares that you can follow to make the healing of your cesarean scar a success.
How long does it take to heal a C-section?
Usually the wound heals after 10 days but the recovery varies according to the rhythm of each body. However, caesarean section care and recovery usually take longer than several months.
After the operation, we must take care of ourselves, rest a lot and not lift too much weight, because when doing strength could loosen some point.
10 Cares for the Caesarean Scar
Recovery from a cesarean requires several things to be taken into account. In addition to the postpartum care, such as avoiding household chores, lifting weight and making any kind of effort, we must take special care with the caesarean section scar to ensure that it has the best possible healing.
Let’s look at care to know how to heal a caesarean section quickly and without complications.
- Pay attention to the evolution of the cesarean scar
Once you return home, you should be sure to follow all of the instructions recommended by your doctor to the letter.
Remember that every woman is different, so there will surely be one or another indication that may vary.
It is very important that you pay close attention to the evolution of the cesarean scar and watch for any openness, infection or bleeding.
- Apply antiseptics and take analgesics if you think it is necessary.
It is very likely that the hospital will recommend the application of some antiseptic for the area, usually chlorhexidine as it is the safest in these cases. Ideally, it should be applied right after the shower.
You may also feel the need to take analgesics to alleviate pain, in fact do not hesitate to ask your doctor, as well as express your doubts and discomfort.
Most of these medications are safe during breastfeeding, and will be a great help in relieving discomfort and feeling better.
The vast majority of women who have had a cesarean section want to heal the wound quickly and the mark is noticed as little as possible.
- Gently cleanse the area with soap and water
The cleanliness of the area is very important to ensure good healing. Shower as usual and wash the cesarean scar with neutral soap and water. Blow-dry thoroughly with gentle touches with a towel or use a hair dryer at low speed.
After drying, apply a disinfectant to prevent infection and cover the cesarean scar wound with clean gauze.
- Apply moisturizing lotions
As your healing progresses, you’ll probably feel tightness, discomfort, or itching, but don’t scratch! Apply a moisturizing lotion whenever you feel the need to scratch, it will provide relief.
For the skin to heal well it is essential to keep it well hydrated with creams and oils.
- Use a gauze or compress to avoid friction.
Sometimes the rubbing of underwear or the presence of an abdominal fold in the area of the scar can cause you a lot of discomfort.
To avoid any kind of friction between the folds of the skin or clothing, you can put some gauze or compresses after each bath.
However, the longer you can stay with the wound outdoors, the faster the healing will be.
Avoids any sudden movement
One of the most important care during the postpartum is to avoid efforts, especially those that cause sudden movements in the abdominal part and affect the healing.
- Has a check-up after about 10 or 12 days
10 or 12 days after the cesarean section, your doctor will call you to evaluate the wound and remove the stitches, but if before these days pass, the scar of the cesarean section becomes inflamed, reddened, opens on some edge, there is bleeding and causes you pain on contact, do not hesitate to come for an appointment beforehand.
During this review, the doctor will evaluate the state of the cesarean scar and the level of scarring you have at the time. If everything is as planned, the stitches or staples will be removed.
Usually the wound heals after 10 days but recovery varies with the rhythm of each body.
But if it is still not completely closed, only some of the points will be removed and you will be quoted again to re-evaluate it and remove the rest.
Don’t be afraid if your wound doesn’t heal completely within 10 days, because each person has a different rhythm and we don’t all heal at the same speed.
In addition, your doctor will give you some recommendations to achieve optimal healing.
- Gently massages with rosehip oil
After the wound has healed well, do not worry about the appearance of the caesarean section scar, as it is a matter of time and more care to go unnoticed.
After the suture has been removed, massage with rosehip oil helps to improve healing, reduce the appearance of keloids and restore skin elasticity.
As long as it’s not painful for you, you can apply rosehip oil or a natural silicon cream with a gentle circular massage.
Rosehip oil has multiple generative properties very beneficial for scars.
- Avoid sun exposure for at least 6 months
One of the most important recommendations to follow after the first few days of basic care is to avoid getting the sun in that area for at least 6 months after the cesarean.
This will prevent changes in the pigmentation of the new regenerated tissue over the cesarean scar.
Comfortable and breathable clothing
On the other hand, remember to wear garments that are made of cotton and allow the skin to breathe in this area, because otherwise they will be causing the sweat to live to various microorganisms that could infect the wound.
Also avoid garments that are too tight or that could hurt you.
With essential care, the cesarean scar will have a very fine appearance and will go unnoticed.
- Keloid Healing Care
For keloid healing care you must:
- If you notice a lump of slightly dark tissue along the entire wound and you feel some pain and itching, you have developed keloid scarring. This uncomfortable and delicate form of scarring occurs most often in darker-skinned women and those with that particular genetic component.
- At the moment of taking care of the formation of the keloids on the scar of the caesarean section you can use ointments with corticoids, which despite not avoiding them completely, can diminish their appearance.
- You can also try to apply special dressings that you can get at any pharmacy.
- In older scars the keloid can be reduced with cryotherapy (cold application) or laser.
Although in the first few days after surgery you feel tightness, pain or discomfort in the area of the cesarean scar, as well as numbness, the important thing is that any risk of infection has completely disappeared and recovery is as good as possible.
By following all of these tips, the cesarean scar will look very fine, and will go almost unnoticed.
However, don’t forget that wound healing depends on each person, their genetics, their defenses and the state of their skin.
If you experience any discomfort, pain or inconvenience, consult your doctor.