About C section ScarA Caesarean section is also called a C-section, Caesarian section, Cesarian section scar and now most commonly from the USA a Cesarean section. It is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies.
A Cesarean section is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk, although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural. In recent years the rate has risen to a record level of 46% in China where a variety of skin needling techniques have been used to treat the resulting scars.
Types of C section ScarThere are several types of Cesarean section. An important distinction lies in the type of incision (longitudinal or latitudinal) made on the uterus, apart from the incision on the skin.
- The classical Cesarean section involves a midline longitudinal incision which allows a larger space to deliver the baby. However, it is rarely performed today as it is more prone to complications.
- The lower uterine segment section is the procedure most commonly used today; it involves a transverse cut just above the edge of the bladder and results in less blood loss and is easier to repair.
- An emergency Cesarean section is a Cesarean performed once labour has commenced.
- A crash Cesarean section is a Cesarean performed in an obstetric emergency, where complications of pregnancy onset suddenly during the process of labour, and swift action is required to prevent the deaths of mother, the child or both.
- A Cesarean hysterectomy consists of a Cesarean section followed by the removal of the uterus. This may be done in cases of intractable bleeding or when the placenta cannot be separated from the uterus.
- A repeat Cesarean section is done when a patient had a previous Cesarean section. Typically it is performed through the old scar.
The most common type of C section Scar we now see in clinic is the second type resulting in the scar being transverse across the lower abdomen. In fact regardless of the type of C section performed and the resulting scar all C section scars can be treated in a similar way using skin needling techniques.
Traditionally we used a variety of acupuncture treatments combined with herbal oil to treat the C section scar. These techniques involve inserting very fine needles under the scar to increase collagen production and rearrange collagen fibres.
About C section scar Treatments in Chinese Medicine
These techniques are commonly taught in China as C section scars are thought to produce particular health problems. Due to their location they often cross and interrupt several important acupuncture channels including the Chong and the Ren. It is believed if not treated they can lead to health disorders in these channels and this in particular can relate to digestive and gynecological problems in our modern understanding.
The techniques used to treat these scars were often called names like circling the dragon and were described as removing blood stasis from the area.
Although the names may sound strange the techniques are highly effective both at reducing the scar to improve the appearance of the abdomen and also at reducing the common gynecological problems that arise after procedures like the C section.
Usually you will need at least 5 sessions to start seeing results and realistically in these cases the more the better and the earlier you start the better. The longer a C section scar has been there the harder it is to treat.
These treatments are very effective but can be time consuming and inconvenient for women so we usually recommend clients have these treatments in conjunction with the Home C section scar treatment as this allows you to perform the treatments every day without much cost and so speeds up the results dramatically.
The Home C section Scar Treatments were developed around the use of the dermal roller and the dermal stamp. These home use products allow clients to perform a form of skin needling effectively at home without any serious training. The treatments can be done in as little as 2 minutes a day and have been shown to not be considered painful by those who do them. The dermal roller and dermal stamp have been combined with the White Lotus Scar serum. This serum is based on a traditional Chinese mixture of herbs specifically used to treat scars and is in an organic green tea oil base. It is very effective and very safe which becomes important when using the dermal roller as they can increase your absorption of any products through the skin.
About our Home C section Scar Treatments
Results of studies in Europe has found that use of the dermal roller and dermal stamp produces a 70% reduction in the visible signs of scars (1). This is a dramatic result for a product that can be done by you at home in very little time and at very little cost.
The products work because the dermal Roller and dermal stamp increase the absorption of scar serum by up to 10,000 times in a single use and can also increase collagen production in the skin by up to 1,000% in a single treatment while breaking up the old collagen fibres (2,3).
Another advantage of the home C section scar treatments is that clients can do them in their own home without having to reveal any part of themselves to their Doctor or practitioner. We have found this is of particular importance for some cultures where modesty is especially important.
For more information or to purchase a Home Cesarean section Scar treatment Pack consisting of a Skin Needling Roller, derma stamp, White Lotus Scar serum and full instructions please follow the link below.
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