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Caring for your C-section scar

You thought you were prepared for this. You knew the first few months of motherhood will be challenging, but not this challenging. The uncontrollable mood swings. The soreness. The sleep deprivation.

On top of all of that, as a C-section mum, you've got to handle it all while nursing a fresh new C-section scar that's still tender and oh-so itchy. Even though you're frantically busy and crazy tired, you should not neglect your scar - the earlier you begin managing your C-section scar, the faster and better it will recover, giving you one less thing to worry about.

That bothersome itch is actually a sign that your body is still working to repair the scar, which also makes it the best time to treat with scar treatments like Dermatix® Ultra silicone gel - by starting treatment once your stitches have been removed, you will be able to get the best scar reduction effects.

With just two quick applications a day, Dermatix® Ultra will form a barrier around your C-section scar to support your body's natural healing processes to minimise the scarring.1

Beyond treating your C-section scar with Dermatix Ultra, properly caring for the scar will also help its recovery. Here's a list of dos and don'ts on C-section scar care so you'll know just what to do!

 

DO  let soapy water drop down your C-section scar to keep it clean. Gently pat it dry after washing.2

DON'T  vigorously scrub or wipe your C-section scar.2

DO  start some light walking around your neighbourhood to increase blood flow.2

DON'T  perform exercise that bends or twists your body, or involves sudden movements.2

DO  try to expose your scar to air as much as possible to promote healing.2

DON'T  expose your scar to the sun as sunlight can make your scar darker or lighter.2

DO  hold something tightly over your scar if it itches.3

DON'T  scratch your scar as it might result in infection.3

 

As your body is still recovering underneath that C-section scar, you may experience irritation and numbness. Try your best to keep the scar area completely dry to minimise irritation, and while numbness is not a complication, you can mention it to your doctor if it worries you.3

However, if you experience any of these symptoms, you must contact your doctor immediately:

 

Redness or swelling around the scar or in one of your legs3, 4
Extreme or worsening pain around the scar, your belly or your calf3, 4
Oozing from the incision3

But don't worry too much over these, as only about 12% of C-sections result in an infection - and antibiotic treatments can halve your risk of infection.5 With proper care and Dermatix® Ultra, your C-section incision and scar will heal without a hitch - so take your mind off your worries and enjoy motherhood to the fullest!

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Sources
  1. Mustoe TA, Evolution of silicone therapy and mechanism of action in scar management. Aesth Plast Surg. 2008;32:82-92
  2. https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/c-section-scars. Last Accessed June 2019
  3. https://www.verywellfamily.com/cesarean-scars-2758511. Last Accessed June 2019
  4. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000624.htm. Last Accessed June 2019
  5. William Andrews, Ph.D., M.D., professor and chairman, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Robert Weinstein, M.D., professor, internal medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago; Sept. 29, 2016, New England Journal of Medicine

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