A pregnancy dramatically expands a woman’s abdominal wall. When a C-section is required to deliver the child, the area will slowly shrink back, but can be left with significant scarring, stretched skin, and excess tissue. A C-section revision surgery can be performed to enhance the appearance of the abdomen and reduce the look of the C-section scar.
What is a C-section revision?
A C-section revision is a custom surgery, performed to achieve a smoother, less visible scar, and enhance the entire look and firmness of the area. It is an outpatient surgery that involves making incisions to remove excess scar tissue and recontour the skin to make the scarred area flatter and less visible. If you feel that the scar left after a Caesarean section is too thick, uneven, or too visible, this surgical treatment is ideal.
Should I have a C-section revision?
If you have any of the following aesthetic issues, you could achieve a more attractive lower abdomen with this custom surgery:
- Inverted scar
- Depressed scar with a flap that folds over at the top
- Raised or painful scar
- Keloid scar
- The scar is visible through clothing
If you plan on undergoing a tummy tuck in the future, the C-section scar correction will be performed during the tummy tuck. If your abdomen does not need that extent of repair, a C-section revision surgery can improve the look of a raised, uncomfortable, or overly visible Caesarean scar.
Meet with Dr. Joshua Lampert
Dr. Joshua Lampert is a leading plastic surgeon with a private practice in Miami. He is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a rare level of artistry in performing this delicate revision surgery. With a precision approach, the scarred area will be corrected to create a flatter, thinner, less visible incision scar. His experience, personal dedication to his patients, and focus on superior results makes him the ideal plastic surgeon in Miami for this custom surgery.
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The C-section revision procedure
When your baby was delivered with a C-section, the incision extended to the muscles below the skin. To achieve the most attractive outcome, it is necessary to remove all the scar tissue, down to the muscle, so healthy tissues can be reconnected with precision. If you have stretched, excess skin or fatty deposits in the area, these can be removed during your surgery, functioning as a mini tummy tuck. The treatment may be performed under either general or local anesthesia and takes in the range of one to two hours to complete.
How long is the recovery?
After a C-section revision, you can expect to recover quickly, able to return to your usual activities in about one week. Once the new incision has fully healed, it will be flatter, thinner, and less conspicuous. You have full aftercare instructions, and Dr. Lampert and his support staff are always available to assist you, but typically, the recovery is easy and uneventful. You must avoid vigorous exercise for two weeks.
Why is my C-section scar so visible?
In many cases, a C-section is an emergency surgery, rather than scheduled. In these cases, the surgeon has less time to plan the surgery and is focused on ensuring a healthy baby is born. Some women have delivered multiple children with C-sections and are left with more extensive lower abdominal scars that need correction.
In other cases, even with the most talented surgeon performing the C-section, the skin may be tethered to the structure below during healing, leaving a bulging, visible scar. If you want to improve the appearance of a C-section scar after it has fully healed, revision surgery is likely the ideal approach.
C-section scars and adhesions
Adhesions are the medical term for damage to the peritoneum, the membrane covering the abdominal organs. As your body heals, it can produce scar tissue along with inflammation, which does not resolve naturally. These adhesions are responsible for connecting the skin to the internal structure with fibrous scar tissue that must be surgically corrected.
A C-section adhesion can lead to chronic back, hip, or pelvic pain, and should be treated. A C-section scar with adhesions will be indented, raised, thick, or darker in color. To treat this condition may require removing the adhesions (the fibrous connective tissues) as part of your C-section revision surgery.
Advanced surgical corrections after C-section
Some women are left with visible scars, excess skin, stretch marks, and hanging skin and tissue. In these cases, it may be advised to undergo a tummy tuck to fully resolve the condition, and restore a flat, firm abdomen, while treating the scar itself. The first step in learning what will be most successful for you is a private consultation with Dr. Lampert, who is one of the most accomplished plastic surgeons practicing in Miami and the state.
A dedication to exceptional results: Dr. Lampert.
Dr. Lampert understands that the choice to undergo surgery is not minor. His approach to every C-section revision surgery is to focus on the individual condition of the woman, and craft a surgical plan that will produce the best results possible. You will never be rushed to decide, and all your questions and concerns will be answered honestly and thoroughly. You deserve to be treated by a surgeon who cares about you, as an individual, and who is dedicated to excellence in every procedure.