There are many different types of scars that may develop during and after your pregnancy. However, there are essentially two main types of external scars: Caesarian Section, also known as a C-Section, and stretch marks.
The first type of pregnancy scar is formed as a result of having surgery. Depending on the type of C-Section you have, your scar will either run horizontally, which is known as a transverse incision or a “bikini” cut, or it will be a vertical incision, known as an emergency C-Section, which extends just below your belly button to the pelvic area. Both of these pregnancy scars are quite large. The “Bikini” scar will heal more quickly because the incision follows the natural direction of the muscles and only one group of muscles is cut. The emergency C-Section scar will take longer to heal because most of the abdominal muscles will be cut and there will be constant pull and tension as the body heals itself. As your incision heals, the natural regeneration of skin will diminish the appearance of the scar over time, but the scar will not disappear naturally. To complicate this issue, some women are predisposed to keloid or hypertrophic scarring which will result in a more predominant type of scar.
The other main type of scar that occurs after pregnancy is striae, which is commonly known as “stretch marks”. This type of scarring occurs when the skin experiences rapid growth such as the expansion of skin around the abdomen during pregnancy. Stretch marks may also occur on the breast, legs, chest, buttocks, as well as any other area of the body that experiences a sudden change in size. Stretch marks appear as thin, glossy, red streaks or dark streaks that are parallel running across your skin. Over time, the redness will eventually subside and will leave your skin looking scarred.
If you have external scars as a result of a pregnancy, remember that you are not alone and that you have nothing to be embarrassed about. While you may feel self-conscience about the appearance of your pregnancy scars, remember that there are solutions. As previously stated, the skin will begin naturally healing itself after the wound subsides. However, since scars develop when there is trauma to the skin, some aspect of the scar will always remain. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of scar management treatments available on the market to help you through the healing process.Recently, studies have shown that silicone scar management treatments have a very high success rate. Silicone gel sheeting is used in hospitals all over the world for wound treatments. They are able to provide a barrier to the scar site, providing healing protection from dirt, debris and bacteria while providing moisture to the wound site. The properties in 100% silicone-based gels have been shown to reduce the appearance of new and old scars by smoothing, softening, and flattening the scar. It provides a natural basis for optimal healing and assists in reducing discoloration, pain and itchiness. Look for products like Scarprin™ that contain undiluted silicone gel, dry quickly, are easy-to-apply and come in an easy-to-use bottle. You will find that these types of products help to get you back to feeling good about yourself again.
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|3||Bio Skin Repair||Superior||Poor||Superior||Superior||Superior||Superior|
|4||Revitol™ Scar Cream||Poor||Poor||Superior||Superior||Superior||Superior|
“Superior” rating is given to products that have the characteristic described at the top of the respective column, while a “Poor” rating is given when a product lacks the respective characteristic. "N/A" rating is given when the manufacturer does not provide adequate information for the characteristic described. Ratings are based on manufacturer’s labeling and marketing statements at the time when this table was last updated. Last update: March, 2013.