What Can I Do About My C-Section Scar & Pooch?

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Many women who have undergone cesarean section births often find themselves faced with the challenge of dealing with a persistent pouch of excess skin above their scar, commonly referred to as a c-section pooch or c-shelf. While the healing process varies for each individual, it can be challenging to predict whether the c-shelf will naturally fade or persist over time, even with a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise. In cases where the c-section scar and bulge persist despite these efforts, surgical intervention often proves to be the most effective solution. Dr. Neil Zemmel, an expert in post-pregnancy concerns at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, specializes in providing comprehensive solutions, such as the mommy makeover, which combines a range of tailored treatments into a cohesive plan. By considering procedures like tummy tuck and liposuction, Dr. Zemmel helps women achieve their desired results and regain confidence in their appearance.

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The Role of Tummy Tuck Surgery:

One of the most common procedures performed as part of a mommy makeover is the tummy tuck surgery. This procedure is particularly effective in resolving excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles that commonly occur after pregnancy. For women with a c-section scar and pooch, a tummy tuck can effectively remove the protruding excess skin above the scar and provide a smoother, tighter appearance to the overall belly area.


Addressing Post-operative Scarring:

While a tummy tuck procedure involves its own incisions and subsequent scarring, these scars tend to be longer but thinner compared to a c-section scar. Additionally, the puffiness associated with the c-shelf is typically eliminated. Over time, as with any type of scarring, the tummy tuck incisions should gradually lighten and flatten. However, it’s important to note that complete disappearance of scars may not always be possible. Dr. Zemmel offers laser scar removal techniques to help patients minimize the appearance of their scars and achieve smoother, more aesthetically pleasing results.


Consultation with Dr. Zemmel:

If you’re interested in learning more about how a tummy tuck can help reduce c-section scarring and excess skin, we encourage you to contact us and set up a consultation with Dr. Zemmel. During the consultation, Dr. Zemmel will thoroughly assess your specific concerns, discuss your goals, and create a personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs. He will also address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the procedure, scarring, recovery, and expected results.



Dealing with a c-section scar and pooch can be a source of frustration for many women. While diet and exercise can help with overall weight loss after pregnancy, they may not be effective in eliminating the c-shelf. In cases where the c-section pooch persists, a tummy tuck surgery performed as part of a mommy makeover can provide significant improvement. By removing excess skin, tightening the abdominal muscles, and minimizing the appearance of scars, women can achieve a flatter, smoother belly. If you’re considering a tummy tuck or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Neil Zemmel at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards regaining your confidence and achieving your desired appearance.