Pregnancy scars are marks of your strength. And hence should not be frowned upon. While they may not look great in the beginning, with consistent effort and care, they will diminish over time. A scar is formed after a horizontal incision is made during a Lower Segment Caesarean Section (LSCS) procedure. The incision is then closed with sterile threads or dissolvable stitches to help the C-section heal.
In this article, we talk about what an LSCS scar is, how it forms, dissolvable stitches, how to take care of them, and what possible complications can arise if you have these stitches.
What is an LSCS scar?
LSCS is short for Lower Segment Cesarean Section. This means an incision is made at the bottom of the uterus, horizontally. When the abdominal incision leaves the skin open, doctors typically use either staples or dissolvable stitches to close the incision. Once this incision heals, it leaves a scar.
Typically, an incision is four to six inches long. This is wide and long enough to get the baby’s head out. During an LSCS, most commonly a dissolvable stitch is used depending on how deep the cut is. The healing of an LSCS scar thus formed also depends on your body.
In general, it will take six weeks to three months to heal.
What are dissolvable stitches and their use?
Dissolvable stitches or absorbable sutures are used to close wounds or incisions made inside the body. They are made of raw materials that are absorbed into the skin, though these stitches are still treated as foreign objects. Your immune system plays a part in dissolving these stitches by generating an inflammatory response that eliminates the sutures.
Some common ingredients that dissolvable stitches are made of are animal intestines and synthetic polymer materials.
When a surgeon makes an incision, they are not only cutting your skin but also the fat beneath and possibly the tissues involved. While dissolvable stitches are commonly used internally to close an incision, doctors prefer using them externally as well in the case of a C-section. In a way, they are used both on the skin and under it as well.