While most C-section scars can’t be removed, there are steps that you can take to ensure optimal healing of your wound and reduce the visibility of your cesarean scar with the Elastoplast Scar Reducer Patches XL.
After having a caesarean section, the average stay in hospital is three or four days. You may be able to go home sooner than this if both you and the baby are well, but you should take extra care for several weeks. While in hospital, your wound will be covered with a dressing for at least 24 hours.
According to this research, 80% of women agree seeing their scar in the mirror causes them negative feelings, from embarrassment and failure to sadness. Over a third (35%) admitted they felt a dip in self-esteem post-surgery, and 40% felt pressure from social media to bounce back in an unrealistic time frame.
C-section scar appearance
Once healed, a typical cesarean scar is between four to eight inches in size. However, this length can vary depending on the placement of the incision and the space required to birth your baby.
A C-section scar can be flat or raised, depending on how your body heals. Hypertrophic scars do not extend past the area of skin damage, whereas keloid scars spread beyond the boundary of the original wound due to overproduction of collagen. Learn more about scarring here.
C-section scar healing
Is your C-section scar itching?
Do not scratch the wound as this can cause infection. Some mothers have found that massaging or gently pressing something over the scar reduces the itching sensation.
When to seek medical advice
After the C-section, the wound will feel sore and it can be normal to see some bleeding for up to six weeks. However, you should speak to your midwife or GP if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- severe pain around the scar
- pus oozing from the wound
- heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge
- pain when urinating
- leaking urine
- permanent numbness around the incision
- chest pain or difficulty breathing
- swelling or redness in your lower leg
- pain in your breasts
These symptoms may indicate infection or a blood clot, requiring urgent treatment.
How to reduce C-section scars
Elastoplast Scar Reducer Patches XL are a safe and efficient way to effectively reduce a caesarean scar if it is raised and coloured. No restrictions for use are known for nursing women. The transparent polyurethane patch is designed to build a semi-occlusive barrier which improves hydration of the scar tissue. This helps to activate the skin’s own regeneration process.