What does a scar from a cesarean section (C-section) look like?

A scar from a cesarean section (C-section) is usually around 4 inches long and just above your pubic bone. Most women heal so well that it's rather difficult to see the scar weeks later. We hear from moms over and over again that they are much happier with their scar than they thought they would be.

Dr. Jeanne M. Falk, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

A scar from a C-section is generally a very small incision. We call it a fan and steel incision. For women who are concerned about scarring and how it will appear cosmetically, the scar is made right above the pubic bone and is generally right below the bikini line. There are great cosmetic outcomes, so I think in terms of physical appearance, patients shouldn't be too concerned with that.

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