Tummy Tuck Scars: What To Expect And How To Minimize Them?

It’s normal to have one or more scars on your belly after a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Certain treatments, ranging from skin ointments to scar revision surgery, can help to hide a tummy tuck scar. A tummy tuck scar develops where your skin heals following tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. Typically, the scar is thin. It could be raised, recessed, pinker, or lighter than the surrounding skin.

The size and location of tummy tuck scars vary according to the type of tummy tuck. On your incision, your surgeon will most likely use special glue, tape, or bandages. These surgical dressings can help to reduce scarring by holding the incision skin together and keeping it moist. The following are examples of tummy tuck scars:

  • Full Tummy Tuck: A standard tummy tuck scar typically spans your abdomen from hip bone to hip bone, just above your pubic area. A scar around your belly button is also possible.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck: A mini tummy tuck is intended for patients who have a small amount of excess fat and tissue beneath their belly button. The scar is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck. It’s roughly the size of a C-section scar (between 3 inches and 6 inches).

Can a tummy tuck scar be avoided?

There is no way to completely avoid a tummy tuck scar. However, you can help the incision heal after surgery, which may reduce the appearance of the scar:

  • Avoid corticosteroids: If you use corticosteroids, talk to your doctor about stopping them before surgery. Some corticosteroids have been shown to slow wound healing.
  • Manage chronic diseases: Certain conditions, such as diabetes, can make wound healing more difficult. Before your tummy tuck, consult with your healthcare provider about how to manage health conditions before, during, and after the procedure.
  • Stop smoking: Quitting smoking several months before your procedure can aid in the healing of your surgical wound.
  • Take vitamin A: Your doctor may advise you to take vitamin A supplements in the weeks and months leading up to surgery. Vitamin A can aid in wound healing. Please consult your surgeon before beginning vitamin A because it may interfere with a medication you are currently taking.

How can I minimize scarring?

You can help your incision heal after a tummy tuck in a variety of ways, which can reduce the appearance of scars. Carefully follow your provider’s instructions for wound care and cleaning. Heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, sexual activity, and stretching should be avoided until your provider says it is safe to do so (usually four to eight weeks after the procedure).

Scar massage may be considered 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Massaging the scar and surrounding skin gently can increase blood flow to the area and aid in the healing process. Massage can also help to break up some of the scar tissue. Before attempting scar massage, consult with your doctor.

It is critical to avoid direct sunlight while your wound heals. Ultraviolet radiation can discolor or change the texture of your scar, making it thicker. If you must be outside for 12 to 18 months after your tummy tuck, wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30.

Adequate nutrition is also essential for wound healing. Consult your doctor or a registered dietitian about the best way to get all of the vitamins and minerals you require. As you heal, they may advise you to take a daily multivitamin or other supplements.

Some scars from tummy tucks, such as hypertrophic or keloid scars, may require surgical treatment. Scar revision involves a surgeon cutting the scar out of your skin and closing the wound with stitches. Scar revision surgery is usually required 12 to 18 months after a tummy tuck. This is the point at which the scar is as good as it will ever be, and the skin has had time to relax and relieve tension on the scar.

Schedule a consultation with the MayClinik today to discuss your all concerns about the Tummy Tuck scar and book an operation if you would like to get this operation.