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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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I have a pus filled spot above my c section scar (4 weeks postpartum). The area around it has become red and swollen. Is this normal?

I have a pus filled spot above my c section scar (4 weeks postpartum). The area around it has become red and swollen. Is this normal?

No, see doctor: This is not normal. Pus and redness indicate infection. See a doctor as soon as possible. You may need an antibiotic or other treatment to get rid of the infection. Do not delay, infections tend to get worse if not treated. ...Read more

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If I have a pus bump on my C-section incision. Is it infected?

If I have a pus bump on my C-section incision. Is it infected?

Possibly: Go back and get this examined by the ob/gyn who performed the c-section. ...Read more

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It's been 12yrs. Why is c-section scar so sensitive?

It's been 12yrs. Why is c-section scar so sensitive?

Scar Tissue can: Scar tissue can trap nerve endings. In my practice I find lidocaine mixed with a little Decadron (dexamethasone) can shrink the scar and decrease pain. It works well. ...Read more

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How long does it take for C-section scar with dissolvable stitches to heal?

How long does it take for C-section scar with dissolvable stitches to heal?

Six weeks: Most dissolvable sutures will dissolve around 6 weeks, by which time your own body's scar tissue will have formed enough that you do not have to worry about tearing which is why you are usually advised not to do heavy lifting for 6 weeks post-op. However, the healing continues for months after as the body remodels scar tissue and softens/fades the scar. It can take 1-2 years. ...Read more

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Can a hysterectomy be performed using the same scar as my C-section scar? Mine is horizontal bikini line?

Can a hysterectomy be performed using the same scar as my C-section scar? Mine is horizontal bikini line?

I think there...: Is no problem with that. I am a plastic surgeon and have done a number of hysterectomies along with abdominoplasties with my gynecologic colleagues. Many of these are done through the incision you describe.

Good luck! ...Read more

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My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

ITCHING: Unfortunately, itchy postoperative wounds are common. There is much debate about the underlying cause. My advice, since it appears that over-the-counter remedies are not working and it continues to be bothersome for you, is that you follow up with a dermatologist. I will search our HealthTap database for a potential referral provider. ...Read more

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I have a small mass in the C-section scar tissue. Five years after the C-section there is a ripping tearing pain the area. I experience the pain with excecise. What should I do?

I have a small mass in the C-section scar tissue. Five years after the C-section there is a ripping tearing pain the area. I experience the pain with excecise. What should I do?

Could be a cyst: A cyst, neuroma, or hypertrophic scar could be causing pressure on on sensory nerves in the area of the scar with exertion (exercise). After 5 years, your scarring is mature, so if you are having persistent symptoms, you may want to consider a scar excision/revision to hopefully improve/relieve your intermittent pains (typical of nerve pain). If family is complete, tummy tuck may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is my c section scar wrong?

Is my c section scar wrong?

Unable to assess: Its not possible to assess your scar without an exam. Are you having any problems with the scar such as pain, redness, keloid formation, discharge, etc? Best wishes! ...Read more

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Why would a 30 year old C-section scar itch?

Why would a 30 year old C-section scar itch?

Uncommon: Sometimes, women feel an incision will "itch" after a c-section. As long as there aren't any signs of redness or swelling around the incision, it usually just means that the incision is healing. In your case, it is uncommon for it to itch so many years after surgery. Speak to your physician and have it examined. ...Read more

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Stitches don't dissolve in C-section scar, do they?

Stitches don't dissolve in C-section scar, do they?

If they are...: Absorbable, they will. If they are permanent, they will have to be removed. If they are not visible, they are probably absorbable. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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It is normal for a c-section scar to still hurt, red, and itch after 2 yrs?

It is normal for a c-section scar to still hurt, red, and itch after 2 yrs?

Not usually: Scar deactivation with or without electrical stimulation can be performed by an acupuncturist ; is remarkably helpful for symptomatic post-surgical scars. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swollen c-section scar 8 days after the c-section? When will it go away?

Is it normal to have swollen c-section scar 8 days after the c-section? When will it go away?

Scar: Yes. C seciton scars will be swollen for several months. Everyone heals differently and depending on the closure method, it is not unusual to have a red appearing scar for several months. ...Read more

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My c-section scar is fairly immobile; w/ uncomfortable pulling when I move quickly. Is there any research regarding fascial rammifications of this sx?

My c-section scar is fairly immobile; w/ uncomfortable pulling when I move quickly. Is there any research regarding fascial rammifications of this sx?

It's adherent scar: It sounds like the scar is stuck to the deep fascia. This is a common problem, and there are no ramifications except for the symptoms and the appearance. If the scar is new it may loosen with time. Otherwise, a scar revision (with or without a tummy tuck or mini-tuck) can release the scar. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a tattoo over a c-section scar?

Is it possible to get a tattoo over a c-section scar?

It's possible, but: Tattoo ink is deposited in the dermis, second-down layer of the skin. There it is internalized by macrophages, clean up cells of the skin. Because macrophages don't really know what to do with tattoo pigment, they just sit in the dermis holding on to it. That's sort of what keeps the ink in place. In a scar there aren't that many macrophages, so you may get unreliable results. ...Read more

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In what way can you make a c-section scar look better if you have keloid skin?

In what way can you make a c-section scar look better if you have keloid skin?

Steroid injections: Keloids can sometimes respond to being injected with steroids. The sooner they are injected the better chance there is to reverse the keloid process. Otherwise, surgical revision is the only other option. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a c-section scar to open 4 yrs later? Mine is red in one spot & oozing. The fluid stinks really bad!

No.: In your history you have put in that you have an abscess and endometriosis as well as the fact that you are on antibiotics. No, the c-section is not opening up after 4 years. The more likely diagnosis is ingrown hair infection/abscess or an endometriosis seeding into the scar. Your ob/gyn will be able to give you a better answer once he/she has had a chance to examine you and do some investigations. ...Read more

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Feel stretch and discomfort internally on right side above C-section scar. C section7 months ago. Ultrasound normal. What can cause it and how to treat?

Adhesions: Adhesions develop in the abdominal cavity as a result of inflammation caused by surgery and the healing process. As long as your doctor has ruled out a hernia or infection as a cause for your symptoms, gentle regular massage around the site of your surgical scar may help loosen the adhesions and decrease your symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take a c-section scar to heal?

How long does it take a c-section scar to heal?

Depends: The scar itself is waterproof in 2 days but most surgeons don't recommend swimming or soaking in water for 2 weeks. Scar maturation however (the process from injury to well healed and normal scar) can take 12-18 months. Sometimes longer. Most obstetricians like patients to wait 6 weeks before heavy lifting or strenuous activity. My abdominoplasty patients are given the same restrictions. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a C-section scar to fade?

About a year: Most scar take about a year to fully mature. The reddness may get better but the scar will never fade completely. Protect it from the sun, massage and moisturizer it, pressure and topical silicone may help improve its appearance. ...Read more

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Getting sharp twinges across my C-section scar on right side, also pain when havin sex... Plz help?

Getting sharp twinges across my C-section scar on right side, also pain when havin sex... Plz help?

Pain: Pain in the c-section scar is common. Chronic pain is usually the result of some nerve entrapment. Acute pain could be some spasm of the tissues (muscles). If what you described is ongoing, see your obgyn doc to discuss further work up and treatment options. ...Read more

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Why am I getting sharp pains right across my C-section scar it's been 6 yrs when I had my last child?

Why am I getting sharp pains right across my C-section scar it's been 6 yrs when I had my last child?

Pain in old scar: Time to see your doctor it this is happening. Have you gianed wieght reently? Mayybe the scar is stretchign form that, but it is best to see your doctor and after exam he/she may order more tests to find out more if necessary. ...Read more

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Will a C-section scar stop me from being able to get a flat tummy?

Will a C-section scar stop me from being able to get a flat tummy?

Nope.: A "postpartum potbelly" is usually the result of laxity of the abdominal wall and separation of the rectus abdominus muscles after pregnancy and childbirth. The treatment is an abdominoplasty, in which the muscles are repositioned in the midline and excess skin and fat is removed. This should only be undertaken when you are finished having children. The scar has nothing to do with it. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a c-section scar to feel numb a year after the birth of the baby?

Is it normal for a c-section scar to feel numb a year after the birth of the baby?

Can be: When the incision is made, the small nerves in the skin surface are cut. The sensation in the area may never be exactly the same. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain where my C-section scar is over a year after the surgery? It burns and is tender...

Possibly: Scars can often be symptomatic even months after a procedure. If the scar is rubbed by clothing, it may become inflamed and need topical treatment. If the scar is becoming raised, it may have become a keloid and need injections to flatten again. Finally, in that area, yeast infections can occur over a scar and make the area red. See a physician to see what is needed in your case. ...Read more

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I have formed a very bad keloid on my c section scar is it dangerous and I feel its growing im 2 years post, it is raised and itcnes.

I have formed a very bad keloid on my c section scar is it dangerous and I feel its growing im 2 years post, it is raised and itcnes.

Not dangerous: Keloid is a hypertrophic scar with a large vascular and inflammatory component, it often is associated with itching sensation. Treatment can include scar revision, steroid injections and laser treatment. If it continues to grow and be symptomatic seek care with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

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