For women who have received a cesarean section, the scar can be extensive and cause a bulging or flap of skin on the lower abdomen. This scar may be seen under a bathing suit and may also affect intimacy as some women may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about the scar and become hesitant to appear naked in front of their partners. There are several plastic surgery procedures that can be performed which will diminish or erase the appearance of scarring.
Most women will opt for the abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure. This poses a problem because this procedure also causes a scar on the lower abdomen, so in actuality it is just exchanging one scar for another. However, the Bikini Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck may be just the right procedure for you. This type of plastic surgery works best for women who do not have a large amount of fat or skin to remove. For women with a minimal to moderate amount of skin and who are bothered by the appearance of a C-section scar, this procedure can remove the scar and that flap or bulge of skin typically associated with the C-section. It may also remove the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen.
For those who would like a less invasive type of solution, other options include scar revision surgery. Scar revision may include topical treatments, which is a cream or gel applied to the scar to soften and reduce the appearance of the scar. This topical treatment can accompany surgical revision that will reduce or minimize the appearance of the scar. This type of procedure usually does not erase the scar completely. The American Society of plastic surgeons states “Scar revision surgery is meant to minimize the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture” (www.plasticsurgery.org/Reconstructive-Procedures/Scar-Revision.html). So for those looking to erase the scar completely, the mini tummy tuck may be a better solution.
Good candidates for these plastic surgery procedures are women who are healthy, do not smoke, and who have a realistic idea about the outcome of these procedures. So if you are bothered by your C-section scar, one of these options may help to eliminate or reduce the appearance, while restoring self-confidence.
Talk to a plastic surgeon in Colorado Springs about C-Section scar removal
For Colorado Springs plastic surgery patients with questions about C-Section scarring or any reconstructive surgery procedure, contact Dr. Greg Liebscher at 719-634-2503 to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for a tummy tuck procedure.