When a cesarean delivery is used during childbirth, a scar will be left behind from the surgical incision. C-section scars can vary depending on the surgeon, patient and circumstances. Some C-section scars are minor and heal well, while others are very noticeable and impact the shape of the lower abdomen. At Precision Medical Specialists, we offer cosmetic and laser dermatology services for C-section scar treatment at our medical center in Wellington, FL.
Cesarean section scars are about 4-6 inches in length. While most surgeons do try to place the incision as low and discreetly as possible, the main concerns are delivering a healthy baby and protecting the mother from any medical complications. In some cases, the scar left behind can be very noticeable. A raised or hypertrophic scar can be uncomfortable and visible even under clothing. Uneven scars may be aesthetically unpleasing. Laser therapy can be an option to reduce the appearance of C-section scars for a more attractive abdomen.
Laser Skin Treatments for C-Section Scars
Once a scar forms, you cannot remove it completely. However, you can reduce its appearance with scar revision plastic surgery or less invasive methods like laser skin treatments. Dr. Katherine Chiang is our board certified dermatologist who offers laser therapy for treating undesirable scar tissue. Laser therapy can be used for ablative reduction of raised scars or to fade red scar tissue. Laser skin treatments can also fade stretch marks that may occur during pregnancy, improving the overall appearance of the abdomen.
Laser therapy for C-section scar treatment is most effective when used immediately after childbirth, but it can be used on older C-section scars. When used within 6-8 weeks after delivery, it can greatly reduce the appearance of a C-section scar, but even older scars can be faded or reduced with laser treatments. The treatment is non-invasive, and no downtime is needed after the procedure.
If you have a C-section scar that is causing discomfort or cosmetic concerns, contact our cosmetic dermatology team at Precision Medical Specialists. Contact our office near West Palm Beach to schedule a C-section scar treatment consultation with Dr. Chiang.