Updated: August 20, 2017
What is C-Panty?
C-Panty is a patented all-in-one c-section recovery underwear designed specifically to speed recovery after a c-section. C-panty will help reduce scarring, swelling, sensitivity and discomfort around the incision site. 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 compression and a 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 to promote faster healing. 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.
Not only does C-Panty work great (check our Testimonials page for firsthand accounts from new moms), but the benefits of compression after abdominal surgery and silicone sheeting for scar care are well-documented. To quote a study published in Physiotherapy Canada, “abdominal binders [such as C-Panty] provide a non-invasive intervention for enhancing recovery of walk performance, controlling pain and distress, and improving patients’ experience” (Chiefetz, Lucy, Overend, et al., 2010) following abdominal surgery. This means that C-Panty helps new moms get back on their feet quicker and with less pain – and when you’ve got a newborn, every minute counts!
When can I start using C-Panty?
You need to wait until the c-section incision is healed (no scab remaining) – usually one to two weeks after delivery. If you’d like to begin using C-panty earlier than this, 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 approval 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 be 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 and postpartum belly bands 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 helps reduce discomfort and promote healing.
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 too tight for the post-operative new mother.
Can C-Panty help with symptoms like itchiness and redness?
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. This unique two-part approach is designed to reduce pain, swelling, redness, and itchiness at the incision site.
Will C-Panty help with the appearance of my scar?
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, and can make new moms feel self-conscious about their body. C-panty will help reduce the size of the C-shelf and make the incision scar smaller and closer in color to your original skin tone. Now that you’re not worried about the appearance of your scar, you can get back to the important things – like your new baby!
Won’t I heal without C-Panty?
Of course, but C-panty can help speed the healing process and ensure that your incision site heals correctly – we put bandages on our children’s cuts for these same reasons. Scarring, swelling, and tenderness are all unavoidable parts of surgical recovery, but C-panty can help make the process as quick and comfortable as possible. You’re taking great care of your baby – don’t forget to take care of yourself as well!
Will C-Panty help with the bulge around my C-Section (the “C Shelf”)?
C-Panty was designed by a surgeon and C-section mother to help you look as close to your pre-baby self as possible. The c-shelf is the little (or not so little!) raised bulge around the c-section incision, and is notorious for making new moms self-conscious about their incision site. While the initial incision usually heals externally after about two weeks, the tissue surrounding the incision site will continue to heal and mature for over a year. The formation of scar tissue will create denser tissue and can cause pocketing, showing fat deposits more – C-Panty helps reduce the density of scar tissue, prevent pocketing, and will help smooth the C-shelf and restore your scar to a more natural color and 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. You can learn more about how C-Panty assists with recovery after hysterectomy and myomectomy here.
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