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What Does a Tummy Tuck Scar Look Like?


Are you thinking of having a tummy tuck procedure done in order to get rid of stretched or sagging skin? You probably want to know what kind of scarring might result from this kind of plastic surgery then. Anyone who is considering having a tummy tuck and/or liposuction will of course wonder what kind of scarring these procedures might result in - and how visible the liposuction or tummy tuck scar will be. This is true for any type of plastic surgery. Last time we discussed breast augmentation scarring. In this blog we will talk about both tummy tuck and liposuction scarring and what patients might expect from these two procedures.

What Does Liposuction Scarring Look Like?

Liposuction is a procedure that is done in order to remove stubborn deposits of fat in problem areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, and love handles. In order to remove this fat, Dr. Bancroft makes very small incisions in targeted areas where the subcutaneous fat needs to be removed. Then he inserts a cannula to suck out the fat.

Immediately after the surgery, the tumescent fluid will drain through these incisions. This is totally normal but can seem scary to patients and non-surgeons. After a few days the incisions will close and will be pink/purple/darker brown depending on skin tone. Over time they will mature and fade to better match your skin tone. Scars from these incisions are typically not very noticeable as they are small to begin with and after they entirely heal because of the care Dr. Bancroft takes in choosing where to make the incisions. It's always a good trade off to add an additional small scar (or two) to improve the contour of your result. Meaning an additional small scar is better than a "lumpy bumpy" or unusually ridged surface.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Scar Look Like?

Dr. Bancroft makes the incision for a tummy tuck from hip to hip. Obviously this scar will be larger than scars from liposuction, but a skilled plastic surgeon will cut as low as possible so that the scar can be hidden beneath low-rise underwear or a bikini. Check out our gallery of tummy tuck models for an idea of how well Dr. Bancroft can accomplish this.

Often tummy tucks remove stretch marks or scarring that is already there - from hernia surgery or c-section. They also flatten the stomach, narrow the waist, and removed excessive and unwanted skin. Most patients believe the trade off of stretched skin and scars for one longer, easily hidden tummy tuck scar is worth it.

As we stated before, the biggest determiner of scarring is the patient and their unique genetics: 1 out of 3 scars are barely perceptible, 1 out of 3 are a fine line, while another 1 out of 3 heal slightly wider or thicker than both doctor and patient hope. Which of the groups you fall into is influenced by genetics and environmental exposure. Since we can't alter genetics, focusing on proper after care is essential and the only thing within our control.

Patients who carefully follow the post-op directions Dr. Bancroft gives them will have better results overall, and this includes scarring. The more care you take with your body as it heals, the better your outcome will be. 

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