According to government scientists, more women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future. This is according to a new study (published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology) that is troubling some maternal health experts.
Currently, C-section deliveries account for about one third of births in the United States. According to researchers at the National Institute of Health, not only are repeat mothers carrying a high rate of C-section, but nearly one third of first time mothers are undergoing C-section delivery as well. In the study, women whose labor was induced were twice as likely to have a Cesarean section. Since the mid 1990s, the C-section rate in the U.S. has increased by more than 50 percent. This is in contrast to Scandinavian countries where the rate of C-section is closer to 20 percent.
You may ask: Why should a Plastic Surgeon be concerned about the increasing rate of C-section? The simple answer is that in image-conscious Los Angeles, I see a great number of patients (both first time moms and veteran moms) who are concerned about their C-section scars. Many of my patients come to see me specifically to have their C-section scar revised. This can be done as a stand alone procedure, or as part of a Mommy Makeover. I have also noticed a new trend amongst patients who come to see me before they deliver specifically so that I can close their C-section incision immediately after they deliver. For more information and to find out if this is an option for you, please contact my office.