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Old 02-26-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
 
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Default Anyone ever used silicone sheets for scar management

I am about to have a c-section in a couple of months and with my first c-section had a huge raised scar. Wanted to try to minimize it this time and was wondering if anyone had any experience. There are huge price differences out there and wondered which to buy. Thanks
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
 
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Back when the silicone sheets first came out (early 90's) I had great luck with one--it was about 1/4 inch thick but it worked well on one of my keloids. I have tried over the counter ones without success. There is also Mederma, which is a (liquid) gel, sold over the counter. I used that after my c-section--the scar is still obvious, so I don't know how effective it was, but it was worth a shot. I hate not knowing how my skin will heal--good luck!
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Definitely Mederma...I've also used vit E
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I used one (otc) for a keloid scar.......no real effect.
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I am about to have a c-section in a couple of months and with my first c-section had a huge raised scar. Wanted to try to minimize it this time and was wondering if anyone had any experience. There are huge price differences out there and wondered which to buy. Thanks
I have no advice on the silicone sheets.

I have had 2 c-sections though. The first scar was a raised scar that really, I never got used to. Yeah, it was basically hidden within the hairline, but it would itch like crazy sometimes. With the second scar, the Doc basically cut away the old scar tissue and did a different type of closure where it resulted in no raised scar. He explained it as basically sewing it closed from the underneath leaving a very faint line, like you might get from a paper cut. When the hair grew back it really is invisible. Maybe you can speak to your Doc about the options there.

Good luck!
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I used them after my breast reduction and there was no real effect that I could see. What did seem to work was just plain old paper tape.

Good luck with the procedure and the baby.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
 
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Not to happy about having another c-section but such is life! thanks for the well wishes.
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I am about to have a c-section in a couple of months and with my first c-section had a huge raised scar. Wanted to try to minimize it this time and was wondering if anyone had any experience. There are huge price differences out there and wondered which to buy. Thanks
I have no advice on the silicone sheets.

I have had 2 c-sections though. The first scar was a raised scar that really, I never got used to. Yeah, it was basically hidden within the hairline, but it would itch like crazy sometimes. With the second scar, the Doc basically cut away the old scar tissue and did a different type of closure where it resulted in no raised scar. He explained it as basically sewing it closed from the underneath leaving a very faint line, like you might get from a paper cut. When the hair grew back it really is invisible. Maybe you can speak to your Doc about the options there.

Good luck!
Yes! And it also helps to have a doc that is good w/ their hands..lol
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Not to happy about having another c-section but such is life! thanks for the well wishes.

Is VBAC not an option?

Studies have shown that those silicone sheets do decrease scar hypertrophy or keloiding by about 30%, but you have to use them continually for several months. The method of action seems to be complete occlusion and hydration, so choose a sheet brand that completely seals the scar.



Mederma does NOTHING.
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My doctor said I would have an extremely difficult if not impossible time with a vaginal birth... yeah I have heard Mederma didn't work for lots of folks.
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I used them after my breast reduction and there was no real effect that I could see. What did seem to work was just plain old paper tape.

Good luck with the procedure and the baby.
Could you please tell me more about this? TIA
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My doctor said I would have an extremely difficult if not impossible time with a vaginal birth... yeah I have heard Mederma didn't work for lots of folks.


Doctors told me that too...impossible, that I'd never be able to bith a baby over 5 pounds, if that, that I was too small, yada yada yada. That's how they talked me into c-secs #2 and #3. I would have loved to have gone back to them to show them baby #4, the 9-pounder, my largest baby, whom I birthed easily at home. It was so wonderful not to have a surgical wound to take care of as well as a new baby.

I don't mean to lecture. But OB's really can't predict the future, and I just wanted you to know that if you want something different, it's still always your choice.
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My doctor said I would have an extremely difficult if not impossible time with a vaginal birth... yeah I have heard Mederma didn't work for lots of folks.


Doctors told me that too...impossible, that I'd never be able to bith a baby over 5 pounds, if that, that I was too small, yada yada yada. That's how they talked me into c-secs #2 and #3. I would have loved to have gone back to them to show them baby #4, the 9-pounder, my largest baby, whom I birthed easily at home. It was so wonderful not to have a surgical wound to take care of as well as a new baby.

I don't mean to lecture. But OB's really can't predict the future, and I just wanted you to know that if you want something different, it's still always your choice.

I agree - it sounds like you don't really want the C-section, and you still have time to look at your medical records, talk to some other people (midwives, doulas etc.) to see if you can have a VBAC. If I were you, I'd want to KNOW that there was a solid, legitimate medical reason why I HAVE to have a cesarean birth and something more than "you're too small/the baby's too big" or "there's a miniscule chance of rupture" or "I never do VBACs."
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