Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after a cesarean section has taken place. If the skin is not able to replace the destroyed, highly specialised tissue, it repairs the wound with a fibrous connective collagen tissue to ‘bind’ the broken skin together. Even after a C-section scar has healed, the body continues to direct collagen to the injury site, leading to a “maturation” phase where the scar can change in size and shape over time.

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.

C-section recovery

Over the past 15 years, the rate of caesarean births have doubled, but 1 in 5 women report that they don’t feel comfortable talking about them*. Some women are able to embrace their new C-section scar, but many can have concerns about the healing process, as well as the emotional impact.

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.
*This study was commissioned by Elastoplast and conducted by OnePoll between January 21st-30th 2020. It polled 1000 women who've had a C-section birth. Participants were recruited online and were incentivised to participate.

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

Cesarean scars are usually horizontal and located just below the bikini line. In rare cases, the C-section scar may be vertical, starting from just below your belly button.

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.
Close up of woman’s cesarean scar
Over time the redness will diminish and the scar should gradually fade, but often these scars are hidden by pubic hair. Cesarean scars on darker skin may leave a white or brown mark once faded.

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.
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C-section scar healing

Your midwife should advise you on general C-section recovery tips such as wearing loose, comfortable clothing and taking painkillers when needed. To ensure a safe and fast C-section scar healing, gently cleanse and dry the C-section scar every day for the first couple of weeks. Elastoplast Wound Spray can be used for postoperative wound care as per your doctor's instruction.

Is your C-section scar itching?

If you experience some itching on or around your cesarean scar, don't worry. This is normal as part of the wound healing process. Itching could be caused by public hair growing back if it was shaved before surgery.

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.

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How to reduce C-section scars

Elastoplast Scar Reducer Patches, available in XL size for caesarean scars, provide a simple and safe solution to help heal new and old C-section scars. Clinical studies have shown Elastoplast Scar Reducer Patches XL help caesarean scars become flatter, lighter and softer, meaning women can feel more confident in their own skin.
For scar treatment, use Elastoplast Scar Reducer Patches to reduce the visibility of raised and coloured scars, as part of your C-section recovery. These discreet, transparent scar reducer patches are made of flexible and breathable material.

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.
Scar Reducer key benefits

How to get rid of scars

In the event of severe scarring, there are a number of medical procedures that can be performed by dermatologists, surgeons, and other medical experts for general scars. More invasive techniques can involve corticosteroid injections, radiotherapy, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, laser therapy, or surgery, among others.
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