For the right candidates, tummy tuck offers lasting benefits. The body contouring procedure flattens and firms the abdomen by removing loose skin and tissue and tightening the musculature. If you have noticed unflattering changes in your abdomen after having children or losing a lot of weight, tummy tuck might be right for you.
As with any surgical procedure, tummy tuck leaves a scar. Although many of Dr. George Sanders’ patients are happy to trade a scar for a more attractive abdominal contour, Dr. Sanders understands that the idea of scarring might make you hesitate.
Here’s what you should know about tummy tuck scars:
First, the scars will be located on your lower abdomen — low enough that they can be hidden under a pair of underwear or a bikini bottom. You might want to bring your favorite bikini bottom to your surgical consultation and/or marking session at the time of your surgery to give Dr. Sanders a reference point as he plans your surgery.
Also, the surgical techniques that Dr. Sanders uses affect how smooth and hidden your scars are. He is extremely meticulous when creating the incisions and closing them to reduce scarring and improve the final surgical result. For instance, he places a number of sutures between the skin and underlying tissue as he closes the incision that pulls the skin downward and minimizes the tension at the scar site.
Finally, there are steps that you can take to minimize how well your scars fade.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
The best thing you can do to help your scars fade is to follow your doctor’s post-operative guidelines regarding incision care. You will be given a complete set of instructions on hygiene and wound care to help your surgical incision heal quickly and properly.
Use Scar Gel
You will be given a scar gel two weeks after surgery and asked to apply it to the scar twice a day for three months. It flattens the scar and reduces its redness. You may also want to undergo laser treatment if the scar thickens or reddens excessively. After three months, steroid injections can be used to flatten a thickened scar. Brownish coloration can be treated with creams or laser.
In some cases, the use of an adhesive silicone sheet may be recommended.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking can impair your body’s natural healing process, raising the risk of complications and large, noticeable scars. You will need to quit smoking a few weeks prior to surgery and, for the best results, should not pick the habit back up after your operation.
Avoid Exposing the Scars to the Sun
UV exposure can cause scars to darken and thicken. Make sure you cover your scars up with clothing and sunscreen whenever you spend time outside on a sunny day. Do not use tanning beds.
Avoid Irritating the Scar
Refrain from wearing any clothing or using any products that irritate your scar.
Learn More about Tummy Tuck Surgery
Do not let the idea of a low, discrete scar deter you from having the surgery you want. Remember the incredible benefits of tummy tuck and talk to Dr. Sanders about your concerns during a one-on-one consultation. To request an appointment, please contact us today.