C-Section Scar Removal: Cosmetic Surgery After Childbirth
By David Passaretti, MD on March 02, 2018
Many women decide to undergo a mommy makeover at our Darien, CT practice after they’ve finished having children. The procedure helps restore the pre-pregnancy appearance to their body. This combination of procedures helps with:
- Removing sagging skin
- Tightening remaining skin
- Eliminating stretch marks
- Toning and firming up the figure
In addition to all of this, a mommy makeover could mean getting rid of an unsightly C-section scar. Thanks to modern technology in surgical scar removal, we can help reduce the appearance of a C-section scar, enhancing the appearance of a patient’s lower abdominal area. Let’s consider the basic below.
How C-Section Scar Removal Works
Many products claim to remove scars or reduce their appearance. However, only scar revision surgery is proven to reduce the prominence of a scar. Working carefully, a plastic surgeon can remove unwanted scar tissue and cause the remaining scar tissue to appear less prominent, shrinking it down.
Following the surgery, skin care procedures and other non-surgical treatments can help further reduce the prominence of a C-section scar.
Good Candidates for C-Section Scar Removal
Good candidates for C-section scar removal are:
- In good overall health
- Do not suffer from adverse skin diseases
- Have no acne around the C-section scar
- Are non-smokers/do not use tobacco products
- Understand the risks and benefits of treatment
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure and outcomes
During the consultation process, we can determine if scar removal is right for you or if there are alternatives that you should consider instead.
What to Expect During the Scar Removal Procedure
Patients will receive local anesthetic and may undergo some degree of sedation for the scar removal procedure. This will help ensure that the patient is calm and does not experience pain during the surgical process.
During the procedure, Dr. Passaretti will make careful incisions around the scar as well as under the scar in order to free up the tissue. This helps realign the scar tissue so that it looks less prominent. Any upraised scarring can be carefully excised using advanced surgical techniques. The shape of the scar can be improved for a less unsightly appearance as well.
Recovery from Scar Removal Treatment
Following scar removal surgery, patients will be given extensive post-op instructions to keep the treated scar sanitary and avoid infection. Some time off work may be necessary depending on your profession and the nature of the surgery.
Be sure to attend all follow-up visits at the practice as scheduled to help ensure that you are recovering properly. Additional laser treatments and skin care options can be considered as you are healing based on the outcome of the initial surgery.
The Results of C-Section Scar Removal
Thanks to C-section scar removal, the scarring from a Caesarean birth is far less prominent. In fact, with proper care and additional treatments, it can be quite difficult to notice the C-section scar at all.
Timing Your Surgery for Optimal Results
Timing is important when it comes to any sort of mommy makeover procedure. We can help you plan the right time to undergo these life-changing procedures so that best possible aesthetic results can be achieved.
Learn More About Addressing Scar Tissue
For more information about scar reduction and removal and how to loo your very best, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon for a consultation. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.
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