For some women, a c-section scar is a consistent reminder of the momentous time when their child was born. This article will explain how big a c-section scar is and features numerous c-section scar pictures to show you the various types of c-section scars including keloid scars, vertical scars and horizontal scars.
What is C-Section – Meaning
You may have heard about it and wondered, “What is c-section?” Well, a c-section (abbreviation foe caesarean section) is a surgical procedure done to deliver a baby.
It involves making one or more incisions in the mother’s abdomen and uterus through which the bay is delivered. According to the United States National Institutes of Health, about one in four women give birth through c-section.
A c-section is usually performed when a normal delivery (vaginal delivery) would put the mother (or the unborn baby) at health or life risk. It can as well be performed upon request when a mother decides against vaginal childbirth for whatever reason. Although rare, a c-section can as well be performed to remove a dead fetus from the mother’s womb.
A c-section is done in 30-45 minutes, but it still regarded as a major surgery. A c-section is typically performed under regional anesthetic in which the lower part of your body is numbed but some are performed under general anesthetic.
How Big Is a C-Section Scar?
One of the questions commonly at the back of mind of most women considering the options for a caesarean delivery is, “how big is a c-section scar?”
Well, a c-section scar is surprisingly small, a stark contrast to the kind of scar you would expect from a tummy tuck. The head of most babies will fit through a 4-6 inch incision cut horizontally just below the pubic hairline (above the pubic bone).
C-Section Scar Pictures – Images, Photos, Pics
There are generally two types of incisions used during a c-section, namely, the horizontal incision and the vertical incision.
As you might notice in the c-section scar pictures listed in a subsequent section of this article, the horizontal incision – otherwise known as “bikini incision” – is the most commonly used. The horizontal incision is usually placed at the area above your pubic bone.
This leaves behind a more appealing c-section scar compared to the vertical incision. The position of the horizontally cut c-section scar also makes it easy to hide below the bikini line. The c-section scar usually look red or pink for a few months but will eventually fade to a pale, thin line that is hardly visible.
You would be surprised to know how many of the women you see on the beach clad in their nice bikinis have c-section scars; yet you hardly notice them.
These c-section scar pictures will help you understand the kind of scarring you can realistically expect:
This picture shows a c-section scar resulting from the more common horizontal incision. As you can see, the location of the scar is one that makes it easy to hide below the bikini line.
This photo, courtesy of Wikipedia, shows a horizontal c-section scar that was taken seven weeks after caesarean delivery. The vertical line is not a scar. It shows the vertical line that forms on the abdomen during the last quarter of all pregnancies, medically referred to as linea nigra.
Keloid C-Section Scar Pictures
Factors such as genetic predisposition and poor healing of wounds can lead to formation of keloid scars on the c-section incision point. Keloid scars are usually raised and usually extend beyond the original boundaries of the wound.
This makes them particularly noticeable. Patients of African American and Asian descent are at higher risk of developing keloid scars (especially if proper post-surgery measures are not observed) than their Caucasian and Hispanic counterparts.
To inspire your thoughts, here are several keloid c-section scars:
Keloid 1, 2
You can minimize the chances of developing keloid scars by observing the following tips:
– Eat well to provide your body with the nutrients it requires for proper healing and creation of healthy tissues
– Keep the wound clean and follow your doctor’s post-surgery guidelines to the last word to prevent infection and ensure proper healing
– Avoid strenuous activities that might irritate or stretch the scar for the first 6 weeks or so
Vertical C Section Scar Pictures
The surgeon or doctor performing a C-section will typically make a small, horizontal incision in the area above your pubic pone. The incision is sometimes referred to as the bikini cut.
S/he will then cut the underlying skin tissues and continue all the way to the uterus where a horizontal cut called low-transverse uterine incision is then made through which the baby is then pulled out.
In some rare cases however, the surgeon will opt for the traditional vertical incision especially if the unborn baby is very premature and the lower part of your uterus has not thinned enough to be cut.
This will lead to vertically oriented scars which extend from the belly button to the pubic bone. The vertical incision is however spared only for emergency situations such as when there is no time to perform the more intricate horizontal incision.
Here are some pictures showing the vertical scar that result from a vertical incision type of c-section.
Vertical 1, 2
Infected C-Section Scar Pictures
C-section scars can get infected, often leading to a delayed healing process. An infected scar may look red or get swollen and is often associated with intense or increasing pain. It can as well have a discharge of pus.
You should seek the attention of your doctor right away if any of the above signs of infection appear. To give you an idea here are pictures of infected c-section scars:
Infected 1, 2