There are 2 kinds of incisions that you can get for your C-section. The first one is a horizontal incision, the pfannenstiel incision, which is also called a bikini cut, that is used for most cesareans. The cut is done on the lowest uterus part, which can help lessen bleeding.
The vertical incision, which is also called a classical C-section. Back in the day, it was more common than the bikini cut, however, it is now used for more specific cases. These types of incisions can take a bit longer to heal and may feel a bit more painful.
Typically a doctor will use dissolvable stitches. However, a doctor might use non-dissolvable stitches which will have to be taken out several weeks after you give birth. There are also other ways a doctor can close the incision, such as glue or staples.
Oftentimes a scar from a cesarean can heal properly. However, you may have issues with scarring when your body goes into overdrive with the healing process. This is more likely to happen if you have dark skin or are younger than 30 years old.
The first kind of scar you can get is a keloid scar. This happens when the scar tissue goes beyond the wound’s original boundaries,. This can create scar tissue lumps around your incision.
The second kind of scar that you can get is a hypertrophic scar. Compared to a normal scar, it is raised, firmer, and thicker but it will stay within the incision line.