Scars after childbirth
A caesarean section is major surgery and with it comes a pretty major scar.  Some women are fortunate to have their scar naturally fade or become concealed by the regrowth of the upper pubic hairline; others are not so lucky.

If you're one of these women who have a red and raised caesarean scar, or if you happen to have a pre-existing scar from an accident or another operation, help is available - and it's easy and inexpensive.

The secret is in a box of Elastoplast Scar Reduction Patches. These remarkable polyurethane patches work by creating a warm environment for the skin to activate its own natural cellular regeneration process, which can help to permanently reduce the appearance of new and (up to 10 year) old scars.

Generally, the patches need to be worn for at least eight hours every day (or night) for 12 weeks (depending on the size and condition of the scar). Now, before you say that you hardly have time to apply basic mascara let alone apply patches every day for three months, we're assuring you  they are so simple to use.

Just like a regular plaster, you literally peel back the paper protectant and pop it on -  that's it. If you need more stickiness simply use one of the adhesive dressings that come in the box. You can wear the patch in the shower and for up to 24 hours, so it doesn't matter if you forget to change it one day. In fact the longer you wear it the better the results!

If you're considering wearing silicon-based products that work in a similar way, think again. Elastoplast patches claim to be 20 per cent more likely to reduce the surface roughness of a scar .

Suitable for all skin, including sensitive types, the Scar Reduction Patch doesn't irritate the skin. Being pliable, they are easy to wear on most body parts and are so comfortable you won't even know you've got it on.

Because they are disposable, the patches don't require washing - a big plus for mums - which means they are more hygienic than the re-usable types.

These patches can be used for all sorts of red and raised scars and all over the body.

Each box contains 21 patches; so, on average, three boxes are required in one treatment period. Patches can be cut to size so it's possible that fewer boxes are required. Elastoplast scar reduction patches are available from most pharmacies.