Women who have a cesarean section sometimes end up with a notable, puffy scar after their incision heals. At Raveco Medical in Queens, New York, the team of expert OB/GYNs practice cosmetic obstetrics to avoid large incisions that take a long time to heal and can leave a significant reminder of the birthing process. Call the Forest Hills, Woodside, or Jackson Heights office to set up an appointment and learn more about their unique attention to cosmetic obstetrics or book online.
While the health of you and your baby is of utmost priority, you don’t have to endure large, unsightly scars as a badge of childbirth. The practice of cosmetic obstetrics refers to the attention the team at Raveco Medical pays to the aesthetic outcome of your pregnancy.
The doctors can help you avoid unnecessary cesarean sections, and if you should need a C-section, reduce the size and appearance of scarring.
At virtually all C-section births, the doctors use a low-transverse incision or bikini cut. This type of incision is done at the thinner portion of the uterus, resulting in less bleeding. Plus, any scar that does occur is easily hidden by underwear and even the lowest cut bathing suit bottoms.
The doctors at Raveco Medical take extra care to use small incisions and dissolvable stitches, rather than staples, to close the surgical site. Dissolvable stitches are more pliable than staples, so they can draw together two sides of an incision in a way that fits the shape of the wound. This reduces the chance that your surgical site will reopen and that you’ll experience noticeable scarring.
Most of the time, a C-section scar heals properly. But, in some women, a keloid scar may develop. This type of scar occurs when your immune system has become overzealous, and the scar tissue extends beyond the original boundaries of the wound. You may notice lumps of scar tissue around the site of the incision.
The team at Raveco Medical can help you avoid keloids with a steroid injection at the site of the incision. If you’re prone to scarring, they may do this at the time of your C-section to prevent keloid scarring.
If you start to develop the keloid scar after you’ve had your baby, they’ll offer the first injection as soon as the scar heals. Usually, you’ll need a series of three to six injections performed monthly, depending on your particular case.
If you’re concerned about scarring due to a C-section, contact Raveco Medical to learn more about their attention to cosmetic obstetrics. Call one of the three locations to arrange an appointment or use the online tool.