SCARS AFTER A TUMMY TUCK
The tummy tuck is a great method to tighten the abdominal muscles and eliminate excess skin and fat from the belly so that it becomes even and toned. Like every surgery, the tummy tuck has its own downsides, with scarring on the abdomen being one of the prominent ones. If you have zero tolerance for scarring, you might want to rethink your decision to undergo a tummy tuck procedure.
Tummy tuck candidates may be concerned about the appearance of scars after the procedure, but it is important to understand that if the procedure is performed by a highly qualified, experienced, and skilled plastic surgeon, the visibility of the scars can be reduced. A proficient plastic surgeon will place the tummy tuck incisions carefully, so they are less visible.
The appearance of scars after the tummy tuck also depends on the methods your plastic surgeon uses. Your surgeon can take some solid steps to make certain that the scars are perfectly placed and thin, so that even when you wear a bikini, the scars will not be noticeable.
Full tummy tuck scarring
When it comes to a full tummy tuck, the incision normally starts from one hipbone and ends on the other hipbone, and so does the scar. The incision can either be in a U-cut or V-cut outline, so the scarring is concealed in a bikini. Your plastic surgeon will decide on the shape and extent of the incision based on your expectations and the extent of improvement required. Your surgeon may make the incisions with great care, but it is important for you to discuss it with the surgeon before the surgery. You must know where the incisions will be placed and how the scarring will appear.
Mini tummy tuck scarring
In the mini tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon can place the scars as low as feasible; they can be concealed in the pubic bone region. This procedure removes extra skin from the abdomen below the belly button area, and no incision is made around the belly button. The extent of a mini tummy tuck scar depends on the amount of skin your plastic surgeon removes from the area.
Remember, scars are more prominent, longer, and higher in the case of a full tummy tuck than in a mini tummy tuck. However, you can easily conceal any of them with underwear or a bikini. If you have already undergone a C-section, the new scars may be fused into the existing scars.
It is important to understand that tummy tuck scars may require more than 12 months to diminish as much as possible. Your plastic surgeon may try to make the incisions as carefully as possible, but there’s no assurance. It is important to follow your surgeon’s guidelines religiously to have the best chance of a successful tummy tuck surgery with minimal scarring.