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Would a tummy tuck help my 20 year old C-section scar?

Q:

My youngest child was born 20 years ago by c-section which was closed with laser and to this day I have problems with the site. I have a pouch so it gets very moist even though I try to keep it dry and sometimes when I am cleaning it there is blood. It is also itchy at times. When I asked the doctor I was told to put anti-fungal cream on it but that only works for a while and then the problem comes back. There is also a bad odor. Would a tummy tuck help?

 

A:

Without more information, it is impossible to really give you good advice.  However, it sounds as if you have excess skin of the abdomen that falls over your C-section scar.  If this is the case, a tummy tuck may be an ideal solution.  It would revise the scar and removed the excess skin.  If you have simply a depressed scar without significant excess skin, a scar revision may be all you need to accomplish your goals.  I suggest that you see a plastic surgeon who can evaluate the problem and advise you after a thorough examination.

A:

Could it be intertrigo?  This is a rash in folds of skin that can develop in some individuals. Without an exam in person it is difficult to say.

Steven G. Wallach, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
New York, NY

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