A caesarean section procedure so commonly used for the safe delivery of a baby will almost certainly leave a distinctive scar. Obstetricians usually make the incision along the bikini line and follow the natural creases of the skin to keep it as discreet as possible when the procedure is done in a planned manner. In an emergency situation the priority is the survival and wellbeing of mother and baby and speed is of the essence so the incision and therefore the resultant scar may be a little less tidy.
Once the immediate postnatal period is over some women do find the appearance of the scar troubling. It may have a negative effect on their self-esteem and confidence in public when wearing swimwear or in their personal lives. Trying oils, abrasive chemicals, and massaging are unlikely to make much of a difference to the scarred tissue.
At Intimate You, fractionated CO2 laser therapy with simultaneous radiofrequency can help. Treatment can commence at least 3 months after delivery and when breast feeding has been completed. Usually at least 3 treatments are needed, 6 weeks apart. After each treatment particular care of the treated area is needed for about 1 week, with a full aftercare plan and ointments provided. We advise avoidance of bathing for 72hrs, but showering is fine after 12hrs, and avoidance of hot tubs and public swimming for 1 week. Our doctors are available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week on our aftercare hotline to support and advise as needed.
A pouch of fat and loose skin can also commonly develop above a caesarean scar. At Intimate you BTL Exilis radiofrequency and ultrasound treatment can produce superb results in 4 sessions over a 4 week period (as long as >3 months after delivery and breastfeeding completed). This treatment has no downtime at all or specific aftercare apart from the importance of excellent hydration and a supportive diet and exercise regimen for best results.
For further information please book an appointment and our friendly team would be delighted to help you, regarding your caesarean scar.
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