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.
When you shower — preferably once a day or as directed by your doctor — keep your wound clean by allowing soapy water to drip towards your wound without vigorously scrubbing it. You can pat dry the area gently using a clean towel when you are done.
To speed up your healing process, it is best to avoid tight-fitting clothing because it can irritate the incision. You can opt for loose-fitting clothes such as pajamas, jogging pants, baggy shirts, etc.
You should also avoid exercising because it can reopen your incision. Avoid lifting heavy objects and bending over because these movements can also reopen your incision.
Some doctors will tell you to leave your wound uncovered and allow it to heal naturally. However, other doctors will say that you can apply petroleum jelly or a topical ointment and use a bandage to lightly cover the wound. It would be best to ask your doctor what the best method would be to deal with your scar.
It is important to take care of yourself even when you have a baby who needs lots of your attention. You can follow these postpartum recovery tips to help yourself heal after cesarean surgery.
Learn more about Pospartum Care here.
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