Medically Reviewed April 2023, by George Samouris - Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
If you’re considering abdominoplasty (or a tummy tuck) to remove excess skin following significant weight loss or pregnancy, it is important to know what to expect in terms of scarring. Read on to discover more about abdominoplasty scarring and what can be done to reduce scar visibility.
As with any surgery, over time the scar will fade and become less noticeable but will not disappear entirely. So it is important that the benefits of the procedure have been weighed up against the impact of scarring to ensure that the surgery will be worthwhile. There are some important factors to consider in preparation for surgery that can minimise scarring, most notably is the skill and experience of the surgeon. At The Harley Medical Group our surgeons are experts in the use of surgical techniques that minimise scarring.
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Regardless of the type of tummy tuck surgery performed, incisions must be made in the skin and this will cause scarring. However, there are some differences that depend on the surgical technique used, the patient’s goals and partially on genetics.
In mini tummy tuck surgery a single incision is placed in the lower abdomen, just below what would be considered the waist line. The incision is smaller than in full abdominoplasty and is therefore more easily concealed and can even be undetectable after the full recovery period.
When it comes to full tummy tuck surgery, larger incisions across more sites are needed to remove sufficient excess skin to achieve the patient’s desired outcome. The procedure involves making a relatively large incision across the trunk from hip to hip in the bikini line. Incisions may also be made around the belly button and possibly vertically along the trunk if necessary.
Throughout the recovery process, the appearance of a tummy tuck scar changes, starting off as a red or deep pink colour as blood supply to the area is increased, moving towards a thinner line of a colour that more closely resembles the skin tone of the patient. Scar fading continues for up to 2 years after surgery and scars are unlikely to change further after this point. Click here to discover more about tummy tuck recovery.
Before making the decision to undergo tummy tuck surgery, it is crucial to realise that scarring is not only expected, but almost guaranteed. Whilst this is true, there are certainly things that can be done to minimise scarring as much as possible, we have compiled a list of examples here:
If you are considering abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and refresh your sense of self-confidence, you can discover more by booking a free no-obligation consultation with a patient advisor today. You can also browse our website for more information on the tummy tuck process for men and women, learn more about our surgeons and view our gallery of before and after images.