We’ve been really busy recently producing a series of c section recovery videos. This one previews some very simple techniques you can use straight after your cesarean delivery. Our c section recovery and self massage guide has clearly explained and easy to do massage and dry skin brushing techniques for every stage of your c section recovery.
Here’s a video we found describing a new product to help the c section incision heal better. It’s the kind of thing we find interesting and worth bringing to your attention. There are many ways to make the recovery and healing process from cesarean delivery easier and faster, and all c section moms should know about all of them and have them as options.
The product is called Vitagel. Vitagel Surgical Hemostat is a FDA approved Class III medical device used to control bleeding and facilitate healing while utilizing the patient’s own biology. Vitagel is the only product of its kind to combine microfibrillar collagen and thrombin in combination with the patient’s own plasma (fibrinogen and platelets). This combination produces an effective and safe hemostat by forming a collagen/fibrin scaffold with platelets. Vitagel has been shown to be effective in controlling bleeding during orthopaedic, cardiac, hepatic and general surgical procedures.
As you heal, your skin and scar will change, and the feelings around your scar will shift. Many women say they feel afraid to touch their scar and that it feels numb. In fact touching your abdomen after the surgery will help speed healing and reduce the size, feel and look of your scar. Because massaging stimulates the nerve endings it will bring back the feelings and the numbness will disappear.
Massaging your c-section scar can also help avoid incontinence as well as reduce pain. Massaging your scar helps it to heal faster, and because it softens the scar tissue to create a flat smooth scar. Massaging your c-section incision helps organize the scar tissue because regular massage provides compression which increases circulation and connection, stimulating the healing process. Self massage of your healing scar reduces the potential for c-section scar adhesions, so consistent touch and massage will help the look and feel of your scar, as well as promote circulation and awareness.
When you avoid touching your incision the tissue can end up being lumpy and discolored. If you feel lumps, chords, numb areas, and have bladder issues, then adhesions may be forming, through the disorganized scar tissue. Tissue fibers a like little pick up sticks, they need to be rolled and organized to optimize cohesion and healing. Consistent massage and dry skin brushing for as little as 2-5 minutes a day will make a big difference in your healing. Massage gently and always hold below your scar to avoid it opening.
The actual scar is much deeper than what you can see, so massage is key, and the longer you massage, the softer the scar and the deeper you can penetrate the abdomen to organize and help deeper levels internally. If you keloid easily, purchase silica strips or gel to aid in discoloration and scar texture on the surface
After a Cesarean birth, you are going to have a scar, it is after all surgery that cuts through six layers, which cuts superficial nerves and disrupts the lymphatic flow. Many people feel afraid to touch their incision and some want to ignore that it is there altogether. In part this is from a lack of information. The truth is there are many things you can do to ensure a speedy c-section recovery, minimize complications and create a small smooth c-section scar.
One of them is dry skin brushing. Dry skin brushing is an ancient techniques used to decrease infection, remove dead skin, increase circulation and eliminate ingrown hairs in an incision as it heals. Here are seven ways that you can benefit from doing dry skin brushing as part of your c section recovery.
1: Dry skin brushing moves the lymph, which lies in the deep skin layer. Lymph is a major part of our immune system and contains white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. Our bodies contain more lymph than blood, which demonstrates how important lymph is. Dry skin brushing moves the lymph containing large proteins and particulate matter that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system. When these proteins are not removed, they attract other fluid, leading to swelling. This is called lymphedema.
2: Dry skin brushing helps reduce ingrown hairs on or around the incision. Ingrown hairs can create more scarring and unsightly blemishes. Consistent skin brushing will reduce and eliminate the ingrown hairs. Many people’s scars feel numb. These numb feelings can also helped by dry skin brushing through increasing the proprioceptive response. ( pro·pri·o·cep·tor – A sensory receptor, found chiefly in muscles, tendons, joints, and the inner ear, that detects the motion or position of the body or a limb by responding to stimuli arising within the organism.)
3: Dry brushing stimulates the skins oil glands, helping the skin stay healthy and perform one of it’s main functions. The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys.
4: Dry Brushing tightens the skin by increasing the flow of blood which, in turn moves toxins and accelerates healing. Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours – skin brushing removes the old top layer, allowing the clean new layer to come to the surface, resulting in softer, smoother skin and therefore a softer smoother scar. Dry skin brushing flakes off the outer layer of skin, which has been tested and found to contain uric acid, which is highly toxic.
5: Dry Brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. Obviously this is of great benefit to the recovery muscles of your abdomen.
6: Dry brushing stimulates circulation. Did you know your skin breathes? And yet, in most people, this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity, because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed.
7: Dry brushing improves the function of the nervous system–Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin. Because of all these benefits we include a dry skin brush with both our C Section Recovery Kit and our Deluxe C section Recovery Kit . Remember to follow our guide, and only skin brush on the incision line after the 2nd or 3rd month post surgery. It feels great, and remember – Brush when you are DRY.