Caesarean section (C-section) scars can be a reminder of the journey of childbirth, but for many, they wish to replicate the skin to what it previously was. Fortunately, Radio Frequency (RF) Intensif Needling offers a potential solution for reducing the visibility of C-section scars. By understanding types of C-section scars, the reasons for microneedling’s effectiveness, and recommended treatment approach, you can embark on a journey towards smoother, less noticeable scars and increased confidence post-partum.
Types of C-Section Scars
There are generally two types of C-section scars.
Keloid scars are characterised by an overgrowth of scar tissue that extends beyond the boundaries of the original wound. They are thick, raised, and often have a smooth, shiny appearance. Keloids can be itchy, painful, and may continue to grow over time.
Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars in both raised and thickened appearance. However, unlike keloids, hypertrophic scars don’t extend beyond the boundaries of the original wound. Typically red or pink in color, hypertrophic scars remain within the confines and may gradually improve over time. These usually develop within weeks after c-sections and are more common in those with a history of excessive collagen production or wound tension.
RF Intensif Needling for C-Section Scars
RF Intensif needling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a non insulated gold plated needles using radio frequency energy to generate heat in the dermis of the skin to produce new collagen while simultaneously stimulating the skin’s natural healing process to further increase elastin and collagen production. This process stimulates collagen production and promotes skin rejuvenation, which can help improve the appearance of C-section scars. According to researchers at the Indian Dermatol Online Journal, microneedling has been shown to be effective for postoperative scarring which includes c-sections.
The RF Intensif Needling process can be effective for C-section scars by:
Increasing Collagen Production
RF Intensif Needling triggers the body’s natural healing response, which includes increased collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps maintain skin elasticity and promotes scar remodeling, leading to smoother and less noticeable scars.
Improved Skin Texture
The controlled injuries created during RF intensif needling stimulate the production of new skin cells and enhance the skin’s overall texture. This can help minimise the unevenness and raised appearance often associated with C-section scars
Improving Topical Treatments
RF Needling creates tiny channels in the skin, allowing topical treatments to penetrate more deeply. By combining RF needling with scar-reducing cream, you can improve the effectiveness of those products in minimising the appearance of C-section scars. At Simply Laser, we recommend key ingredients and silicone gel to greatly reduce scar tissue and stretch marks
Microneedling for Stretch Marks
Radio frequency can also be utilised as a treatment plan for stretch marks. It stimulates collagen production and promotes skin rejuvenation, making it an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Our estheticians treat both stretch marks and C-sections scar together in the same treatments.
How Many Treatments & What Timeframe?
To effectively treat C-section scars, several treatments are usually required. However, it’s important to consult with a skincare professional such as those at Simply Laser who can assess your specific case and provide personalised recommendations. The amount and timeframe of treatments may vary based on the severity of the scars, individual healing responses, and other factors. Generally, treatment plans are at a timeframe every 4 weeks with a minimum of 8 sessions required.
It’s crucial to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your esthetician, as well as any additional advice they may give you regarding scar management, skincare products, and sun protection.