Is Scarring a Concern After Abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck surgery provides people with the opportunity to once again love their midsection. As common as abdominoplasty is, many patients who seek this procedure have some degree of hesitation. Knowing what to expect through the process can pave the way to more ease than angst. Here, we discuss the topic of abdominoplasty scars, where they may be located, and how to manage healing so scars fade away as well as they can.

Tummy tuck incisions differ based on various factors. The type of tummy tuck a person needs is recommended at our initial consultation, along with an explanation of why the proposed technique would be ideal. In terms of incisions and scarring, patients can expect the following.

Traditional tummy tuck incisions may include:

  • An incision that goes from the front of one hip to the front of the other hip.
  • An incision around the belly button.
  • In some cases, a third incision is made. This goes from the belly button incision to the lateral incision along the lower abdomen.

Extended tummy tuck incisions may include:

  • A lower abdominal incision that begins at the back of one hip, comes forward around the side and ends at the back of the other hip.
  • An incision around the belly button.
  • A third incision connecting the belly button and lower abdominal incisions.

Mini tummy tuck incisions may include:

  • A short, lateral incision between the hipbones
  • An incision may be made around the belly button, but not in every case.

Tummy Tuck Scarring is Manageable

Some people have a history of poor scarring, in which tissue raises when healing. If a patient knows they have a potential for raised, red scars, the surgeon may be able to make modifications to the procedure to address this issue. If this is not possible, the patient may be able to undergo laser treatment or collagen-induction therapy such as microneedling to fade scars at a later date.

Post-surgical care can also contribute to optimal incision healing. Patients who want to help their scars fade consistently should:

  • Follow all post-operative care instructions for incisions.
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco use after surgery.
  • Consume plenty of water and nutrient-dense foods after surgery.
  • Avoid picking or scratching incisions.
  • Talk to the surgeon about using silicone sheets to aid healing.

Tummy tuck surgery now can have you ready for your best summer. Call 713.271.9000 to schedule a consultation in our Houston or Sugar Land office.

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