Introduction

Mr Banwell from The Banwell Clinic in Sussex and London specialises in the treatment of scarring and in particular in the tidying up of Caesarian section scars.

A C-section, or caesarean treatment, is typically performed as an emergency when there is some difficulty in normal (vaginal) childbirth but it can also be a planned elective procedure. C-section delivery requires making an opening incision on the abdomen. This is an invasive operation in which the incision can be quite long, with some scarring. In most cases, the surgeon performing the c-section will make a lower incision so that the scar tissue will be as low and inconspicuous as possible, especially when wearing a bikini or underwear. In certain cases, the position of the baby prior to delivery may require a vertical cut, rather than the usual type of horizontal incision.

 

Scar appearance

Each and every type and size of operation which requires an incision, large or small, typically leaves a scar and slight pain. The appearance and the quality of the scar depend on a patient’s genetics, healing process, skin conditions and the suturing performed by the surgeon. A new c-section scar that has not yet matured, and scars can appear raised and red. The appearance of the scar usually fades into a white line and will reduce with time.

Scar Revision

In some cases where the scar is less than ideal, a patient may desire to treat it with scar revision surgery, where the old scar is removed (cut-out) and the new incision is closed and healed under less tension. It is a repair and removal procedure which results in a thinner and less visible scar.

Additional procedures

In some patients, there may be an overhang or loose skin associated with a poor C-section scar. A “mummy” or postpartum make-over may therefore be possible and in actual fact, a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck might be a more appropriate operation. Click here for mini-tummy tuck information or here for full tummy tuck information.

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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Skin Care

At a Glance

SURGERY TIME
1 hour

HOSPITAL STAY
Day case

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Possibly

SLEEPING POSITION
Sleeping on back recommended for 2 weeks.

REASONABLY MOBILE
1 day

WASHING
Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

DRIVING
1 week

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM
4 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Restricted activity

FULL RECOVERY
2 - 4 weeks

TIME OFF WORK
4 - 7 Days

BRAS & GARMENTS
May require abdominal binder

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