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C-Section Scar Revision

Mr Banwell from The Banwell Clinic (locations in Sussex, Kent and London) specialises in the treatment of scarring and in particular in the tidying up/revision of Caesarian section scars.

A C-section, or caesarean section treatment, is typically performed as an emergency when there maybe some delay in normal (vaginal) childbirth but it can also be a planned elective procedure. C-section delivery requires making an opening incision low down on the abdomen just above the pubic region. This is an invasive operation in which the incision can be long with associated scarring. In most cases, the obstetric 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. Please remember that the appearance of the scar following childbirth is not a prime concern, especially in emergency cases, and thus plastic surgery may be required to improved the appearance of the scar, contour irregularities, indentations and any residual overhang or pouch.

Scar appearance

Each and every type and size of operation which requires an incision, large or small, typically leaves a permanent scar. The appearance and the quality of the scar depend on a patient’s genetics, healing process, skin conditions, the suture material used and the suturing technique performed by the surgeon. Fresh, new C-section scars that have not yet matured will appear raised and red – this is normal. However, over time the appearance of the scar will usually improve and fade into a white line. Regular massage twice a day with moisturisers will help enormously. Mr Banwell and his team would be happy to advise on scar management.

Scar Revision

In some cases where the scar is less than ideal (lumpiness, raised and red, itchy, indented, contour issues), 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. This repair and removal procedure (scar revision by an expert plastic surgeon) can result in a thinner and less visible scar. Mr Banwell would be happy to consult and advise regarding the best approach for you.

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.

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

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C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

1 hour

SURGERY TIME

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

Day case

HOSPITAL STAY

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

No

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

Possibly

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

Sleeping on back recommended for 2 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

1 day

REASONABLY MOBILE

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

WASHING

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

1 week

DRIVING

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

4 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

Restricted activity

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

2 - 4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

4 - 7 Days

TIME OFF WORK

C-Section Scar Revision
At a Glance

May require abdominal binder

BRAS & GARMENTS

Mr Banwell  will discuss with you his thoughts on the best treatment plan for your lower tummy. Strictly speaking, caesarean section scar revision only addresses widened or ugly scar (often with indentation.

However, it does not address skin laxity including so-called ‘pouches’ – this is a minor overhang of skin over underwear or above a caesarian section scar . Please note that in such cases the skin excess and laxity can only be treated with a mini tummy tuck; Mr Banwell will discuss this with you if required.

Improved appearance of the scar with minimised indentation.

The surgery can take anything up to 1 hour depending on the complexity and severity of the problem. Drains are usually not inserted on each side but if they are, these will normally stay in for 1 day – the amount of drainage fluid produced will vary from patient to patient).

The recovery is often similar to your original operation although this will vary from patient to patient. Mr Banwell recommends you commence wearing an abdominal and you should continue wearing this day and night for 8 weeks. After the surgery the wound will be dressed with brown micropore tape which is waterproof. You will be able to shower the day after leaving hospital after which you can pat the tape dry with a towel and then use a hair-dryer on a warm setting to ensure the tape is completely dry. You will normally be able to return to work after 1 week or so depending upon how you feel.

In the first week following surgery you should take things very easy, preventing any mishaps. The following week you will find you can do much more and may be ready to return to work. You should avoid lifting and carrying for 2 weeks following surgery and strenuous exercise/physical activity should be avoided for 4 weeks following the surgery to prevent damage to your abdomen. Many patients find gentle cardiovascular exercises and having a massage are fine after a few weeks. You can drive when you feel safe to perform an emergency stop otherwise you insurance company may invalidate your insurance.

The operation has a high success rate and patients are grateful once more for a more flattering appearance to the caesarean section scar.

Unfortunately complications can occur following any surgery and patients need to be fully aware of this. Mr Banwell does his utmost to minimise the complication rate and likes to practise in a safe manner. The commonest complications are bleeding, haematoma formation and the need to return to theatre, as well as infection, numbness, alteration in sensation, of abdominal skin, contour irregularity, asymmetry in the healing and the final result, DVT & PE.

It is hard for me to find the right words to thank you enough for everything you have done for me. I am sure that my speedy recovery is the result of the amazing job you have done. You are such a remarkable man and a great surgeon. Thank you for everything.


Jesma D.

I was very happy with the care during the surgery and the team were friendly and efficient.  I was very happy with the outcome of the surgery and I would recommend Mr Banwell to others.


Rita C.

After deciding to go down the surgery route I contact Mr Banwell’s team and was dealt with quickly and efficiently but most of all everyone was so friendly and helpful which put me at ease. The care from start to finish and still on-going was 110% and everyone who I dealt with was fantastic. Mr Banwell was always professional and friendly and put me at ease from the very beginning. I am so pleased with my results and putting myself in Mr Banwell’s care was the best thing I could have done. It has completely changed my life and I can’t thank you all enough. I have already recommended you to my aunty! Thanks again.


Ruth G.

My expectations were fully met when I went to see Mr Banwell for the first time and he went through very carefully what he would be doing and giving me a realistic prognosis which was what I wanted. He came over as a very thorough and caring person. The skin graft was a complete success and although quite a large area, it is exceptionally neat and gives me no concern. On two further occasions I noticed lumps in other areas, and on getting in touch, appointments were made and Paul removed them immediately, once again very neatly. The after care is also extremely important to me and I have never been disappointed. Luckily I don’t know anybody going through the same thing as me but I would have no reservations in telling them to go and see Paul, as his thoughtfulness and care and attention throughout is excellent, he treats you as an individual. I would also say that I consider him now to be a friend as well as a surgeon. Whenever I am on the phone making future appointments his staff are always friendly, helpful, cheerful and willing to chat, but if you need any reassurance at any time they’re there for you.


Nicky S.

I decided to have treatment with Mr Banwell as I had been seeing him on several occasions regarding stomach irregularities due to a disastrous lipo operation abroad a few years ago. We discussed various options together and I always felt comfortable talking with Mr Banwell and trust him completely to give me the correct advice when considering surgery. I felt my expectations were realistic as Mr Banwell had advised me of the possible downside of the procedure. However, all my expectations were exceeded tenfold! My stomach is looking so much better aesthetically and my breasts look amazing! Mr Banwell and his team excelled at making me feel comfortable and relaxed. I felt I was able to discuss matters with friendly people who cared. I feel Mr Banwell takes time to cover all aspects of the procedure in a friendly, caring and informative manner. I feel happy to say one couldn’t be in safer hands. My overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team has been very positive in all aspects culminating in amazing results. I couldn’t be happier.


Karen D.

I was kept well informed and thought it was excellent to see Mr Banwell before surgery, during recovery and afterwards to hear all went well. It was something that caused me discomfort and sensitivity and now I feel much happier not only with the appearance but more importantly it is much more comfortable for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mr Banwell to my friends, he is truly professional yet has a nice relaxed manner which puts you at ease.


Helen S.

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