Have you had a C-section, or are planning one soon? You need to know how to look after your skin and scar after the procedure.
We held a Q&A session with Science of Skin to bring you advice about the best way to take care of your C-section scar.
Founder of Science of Skin and one of the leading surgeons in the UK, Douglas McGeorge (CEO Magazine European Plastic Surgeon of the Year) has a wealth of surgical experience both within the NHS and the private sector.
Always looking to learn more and discover new ways to work with cutting-edge science to improve the life of his patients, Douglas founded Science of Skin with Dr Ardeshi Bayatt (a world expert in scarring).
They focus on scientific research: specifically, research looking at skin health and scarring, taking natural active ingredients and combining them with cutting-edge skin health science to create a range of products that are scientifically proven to work.
Q: Mum Claire Bagnall asks: “I had a C-section last week. There is an 'apron' of loose, saggy tummy skin hanging over the top: is this permanent? I feel this is disadvantageous in terms of hygiene.”
A: The 'apron' of skin will go in time. It wil shrink down , it may not completely settle for everyone but allow lots of time for the tissues to get back to normal and heal. In regards to hygiene, bathe very carefully using non-perfumed products.
Q: From mum Sammie Tucker: “How long will my scar hurt for? Still get the occasional pain in it 6 months on and it's still numb in some bits. I had an emergency C-section under GA.”
A: Most scars should stop hurting around the six month mark. Sometimes if there has been nerve damage it can take longer for the body to heal. Massage helps to stop the pain from nerve damage and if your scar is still very sore and red - Solution for Scars has been designed and developed to treat symptomatic scars that are sore and uncomfortable - so that might help as well.
Q: From mum Victoria Stewart: “I've had two C-sections, both not by choice and my youngest was born nearly 14 months ago. The area still feels numb, will this feeling eventually go away?”
A: This is something that unfortunately can occur with a C-section. The 'numb' sensation will continue to improve over the first year and the quality can improve for another year. Sometimes, however, it may never recover fully, but usually, protective sensation will return. Massage can help any discomfort and pain as the tissues settle back down.
Q: From reader Elizabeth Hudson: “I’m about to have an elective C-section and I’m worried about the scar, what can I do to make it better?”
A: Scar management is really important to get the very best possible result from your scar. When your wound has fully closed and stiches have been removed start to gently massage in a scar treatment like Solution for Scars. This has been specifically designed to be used from the moment your scar is still red, pink, irritable and sore. It contains very effective but gentle green tea extracts that work to reduce redness and irritation and therefore stop you itching or disturbing your wound as it heals - giving you the very best chance of achieveing a less noticeable scar from your C section.
Q: From mum Marisa Bailey: “My C-section scar opened up a bit during healing and is now a bit of a lump, do you have any advice of something that may make this go down?”
A: Massage again will help this to smoothe out. Using a scar cream like Solution for Scars will take any redness away if there is any. Try massaging it everyday in the morning and at night for about 3 minutes - it may seem like a long time - but you should be able to feel results. If it's still bothering you or is particulally annoying a revision can be considered to give you a better result through plastic surgery.
Q: From reader Emma Dewar “Can you ever get rid of a scar completely?”
A: Unfortunately, despite what some may claim, you can never get rid of a scar completely. The very best result for any scar is a flat silver / white thin line that is barely noticeable - but you will still have a scar. It's the symtoms of scars that you want to tackle so that you have the very best chance of not disturbing the wound - use a product like Solution for Scars that can help manage the healing of your scar to get the very best outcome possible for you.
Q: From reader Sophie Knight: “Hope it's OK to ask a scar question that's not C-section related? I had surgery on my hip and the scar's a bit weird - it's clam-shell-like, apparently (it's all wibbly). What's the best way to take care of it?”
A: If it’s still an active scar - and by this i mean if its still going through the healing process, red, sore and irritable then a cream like Solution for Scars massaged in twice a day will take away symptoms and calm it down, giving it the best posible chance to heal. If it's a mature scar (already white / skin coloured) then general massage may help a bit - but if its really bothering you surgery to help to revise the result would be an option.
Q: From mum Lindsay Blyth: “I’ve not got a C-section scar but I do have a stretched tummy after 2 big babies. I've got my waist back but my skin is crinkly and paper thin. Could the cream help?”
A: Two big babies! Congratulations :) If your skin is still in recovery and your 'crinkles' are still red and symptomatic then using a highly moisturing cream that will help to restructure the skin and support the skin will help - Science of Skin have a new product called Solution for Stretch Marks that has been developed to help to tackle this problem. If the skin tissue has already settled back down now then unfortunately there isnt much that can be done. Although you could consider a tummy tuck in the future if it still continues to bother you at all.
Q: Reader Sydney Bailey asks: "Are there any particular clothes that can make the C section scar worse? I want to have the best possible chance of a fast recovery."
A: This is really down to what you feel most comfortable in. I would advise my patients to wear clothes that are loose fitting directly after surgery so as not to disturb the wound. After your scar starts to heal, if it is symptomatic (red, sore and itchy) make sure you manage it with a cream like Solution for Scars, and chose materials that are breathable and not irritating the scar directly.
About Science of Skin
Science of Skin develops scientifically proven, solution-focused skincare, taking the very best from science and nature.
Years of collaboration and a desire to address unmet skincare needs haves resulted in the development of their break-through product Solution for Scars TM scientifically proven to reduce the worst scars by over 40%.
Used for everything from C-section scars, surgical scars, bumps and grazes as well as working wonders on acne scarring and gentle enough for chickenpox has made Solution for Scars a new bathroom cabinet staple.
Continued in-depth scientific research and a focus on innovative and effective ingredients, has led to the creation of a skincare range that is focused on providing solutions for skin related problems including scars, acne, stretch marks and bites.
Solution for Scars - £18.99 and the new stretch mark range is available to buy from www.scienceofskin.com