C-Section Frequently Asked Questions

Having a c-section raises many questions for moms. Some are planning for their c-sections and others are dreading the possibility of a c-section. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, we have answers to frequently asked questions about C-Panty.

What is C-Panty?

How does C-Panty work?

When can I start using C-Panty?

I’m 4 months post partum and just heard about C-Panty. Will it still work for me?

What about abdominal binders and compression panties?

I don’t really care about my C-section scar but I have other symptoms like itchiness and redness. Can C-Panty help?

My c-section incision has healed but I can’t wear my old clothes because my incision is raised

Won’t I heal without C-Panty?

What is that bulge around my C-section incision (aka C-shelf)?

Can C-Panty be worn after hysterectomy?

What is C-Panty?

C-Panty, the all-in-one c-section recovery underwear is specifically designed to speed recovery after c-section and reduce scarring, swelling, sensitivity and discomfort. Designed by a surgeon and c-section mom, C-Panty helps you feel better faster so you can get back to baby and focus on your important role as a new mom.

How does C-Panty work?

C-Panty uses a compression and medical grade silicone panel over the c-section incision area to minimize scar formation, promote comfort and provide incision area body shaping and compression. Medical grade silicone, commonly used in burn and other post-surgical rehab, helps retain moisture in the incision area. Compression discourages swelling, assists in organizing collagen formation and provides support to the area. These techniques, often called scar management, also help to address the pain, itching, discomfort and size of scar during recovery.

When can I start using C-Panty?

You need to wait until the c-section incision is healed (no scab remaining), about a week to two weeks or you can cover the silicone panel with a thin pad or panty liner and begin use as tolerated. As with any post-surgical product, get your doctor’s ok prior to using.

I’m 4 months postpartum and just heard about C-Panty. Will it still work for me?

Although the surface incision may heal in a couple of weeks, changes continue to go on under the skin for up to 12 months. For the best results, the C-Panty should we worn daily within the first month of surgery and throughout the next 10 to 12 months while the scar is maturing. C-Panty uses washable silicone that lasts up to a year with proper care (handle as a delicate with no machine drying.)

What about abdominal binders and compression panties?

Abdominal binders support the tummy, but not the c-section incision area. Support panties may provide all over compression but don’t address the weakest point, the c-section incision area. Because they are not designed with the c-section mom in mind, both often provide too much pressure during the sensitive recovery period. C-Panty’s exclusive design provides gentle, focused compression at the c-section incision which truly helps reduce recovery symptoms.

C-Panty is also the only c-section recovery garment that provides the crucial clinical benefit of the built in medical grade silicone panel. C-Panty provides everything you need for c-section recovery care plus post-baby shaping without the bulk of a binder and without the discomfort of control panties that are simply too tight for the post operative new mother.

I don’t really care about my C-section scar but I have other symptoms like itchiness and redness. Can C-Panty help?

Absolutely. C-Panty is the only after c-section recovery panty with an interior medical grade silicone panel to help reduce itching, pain and sensitivity. The compression helps to control swelling which in turn helps comfort. Both provide support for a weakened area, again promoting comfort.

My c-section incision has healed but I can’t wear my old clothes because my incision is raised!

An extra bonus from C-Panty’s customized compression over the entire c-section incision area is the support and flattening of the “c-shelf” or bulge around your incision. A c-section shelf is the extra skin that hangs over your c-section scar. Now you can slide on those light weight fabrics and jeans and don’t have to worry about your scar. Yippie!

“Won’t I heal without C-Panty?”

Healing is a biologic process that happens no matter what we do, but we can help speed things along. We put bandages on our children’s cuts and ice on their bumps. Dad’s ankle sprain gets a wrap and our BFF gets a compression garment after her tummy-tuck. Scarring, swelling, tenderness and surgical recovery, however, are a reality for 1.3 million C-section moms annually and recovery can be painful without recovery aids including C-Panty. You’re taking great care of your baby…don’t forget to take care of yourself.

“What is that bulge around my c-section incision (aka c-shelf)?”

The c-shelf is the little (or not so little!) raised bulge around the c-section incision. First, for the moms frustrated at 2 months that they have a shelf, remember that you are still in the stages of wound healing as well as have weight changes from pregnancy and loose skin. These factors do get better over time since your incision and tissue will mature for over a year. That said, a scar, the unavoidable result of surgery, creates more dense tissue and can cause pocketing which can show fat deposit more. Loose skin, genetics, additional surgeries and body type all contribute as well. C-Panty will help smooth the c-shelf and restore scar to a more natural texture.

“Can C-Panty be worn after hysterectomy?”

Yes. With its anatomical compression and silicone panel, C-Panty can help speed recovery after hysterectomy and other abdominal surgeries.Learn more,

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