C-Section Scar Removal Surgery
Caesarean sections, or C-sections, are a pretty common way to deliver babies when the newborn’s or mother’s health is in danger—in fact, the C-section rate for all deliveries in the United States was 34% in 2011. Obstetricians are trained to perform C-sections as low on the belly as possible for easy scar cover-up in swimsuits and undergarments, but the urgency of the delivery room can create some not-so aesthetically pleasing scars. C-section scars can run across the width of the belly or vertically, through a woman’s navel. To the joy of post-Caesarean mommies everywhere, new innovations in laser skincare and plastic surgery have made the future of Caesarean scars rather faded (pun intended).
C-Section scars can vary from thin, squiggly white lines running across the belly to a thick, raised scar that’s painful to the touch. A plethora of scar treatment ointments are available (Mederma, cocoa butter), but likely won’t do much for any scarring below the absolute surface of the skin. Currently, laser skincare treatments are among the most popular ways to improve the look of facial skin without surgery—so it’s a natural progression to use such technology on Caesarean and other body scars. Plastic surgery is a more dramatic method of scar treatment, but is also a sure-fire way to remove major C-section scars.
Treating Caesarean Section Scars with Plastic Surgery
If you thought that Mommy Makeovers were for reality show makeovers only, it’s time to re-evaluate. Mommy Makeover is a blanket term that can refer to a number of rejuvenating procedures including a tummy tuck, breast lift, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, and many more. Mommy Makeovers target post-pregnancy women who are loving the bliss of motherhood but not enjoying the sagging skin and excess fat that comes alongside. Mommy Makeovers that include tummy tucks may address C-section scars.
A tummy tuck is procedure that removes excess fat, skin, and tissue from the abdominal area. In the case of a woman with a C-section scar, “skin” would be the operative factor in a tummy tuck. During a tummy tuck, plastic surgeons can remove the entire section of skin affected by the C-section scar. Since plastic surgeons are specially trained in creating aesthetically-pleasing results, they’ll take care to close up the tummy tuck with sutures that don’t leave a scar.
Laser Treatments for C-Section Scars
Mild Caesarean section scars are characterized by flat lines that run down the length of the former incision. If the skin of the scar isn’t too different from the surrounding skin—just discolored—laser skin treatments may be a good bet. Laser treatments are known for encouraging cell regrowth and rejuvenation, which can aid in the body’s own natural scar repair.
Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful, yet non-surgical way to reveal new, fresh, skin. It’s commonly used to treat deep wrinkles and age spots, as well as stubborn ice-pick scars left behind from acne. If you’re interested in receiving Laser Skin Resurfacing for C-section scarring, it’s important to find a reputable doctor who understands scars caused by surgical trauma.
IPL Photofacials may also offer some improvement to the appearance of Caesarean scars. IPL Photofacials work from the inside out by stimulating collagen and elastin growth, both critical components of scar revision. Most patients require a series of Photofacials before results are visible.
There’s no reason that a scar should hold you back from the pleasures of your role as mom. Modern developments in plastic surgery and laser skincare have made it possible to feel confident about your tummy. To learn more about these effective C-section scar treatments, contact Plastic Surgery Portal now. We’ll be happy to schedule you a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or certified aesthetician in your area. During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about your candidacy, cost, insurance, expected results, and much more.
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