What to Expect with Your Tummy Tuck Scar

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Preparing for a tummy tuck surgery involves realistic expectations about the procedure, including the potential outcome of scarring and its healing process. While no one wants to deal with visible scars, understanding how they form and fade can alleviate concerns and help patients focus on the remarkable transformation a tummy tuck can provide. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Marshall at Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills CA, is dedicated to minimizing scarring and maximizing results for his patients. Here's what you can expect with your tummy tuck scar and how to navigate its healing journey.

How is tummy tuck surgery performed?

Before going into tummy tuck scar specifics, it's important to know how a tummy tuck procedure works. Dr. Marshall performs tummy tuck surgeries as outpatient procedures, using general anesthesia, typically lasting 3-4 hours. During the surgery, he carefully makes an incision on the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The length and placement of the incision vary depending on factors like excess skin amount and desired outcomes. Dr. Marshall typicaly incorporates liposuction 360 to remove stubborn back, lovehandle, bra roll, and  abdominal fat, resulting in a smoother, slimmer physique. After removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue, the incision is closed with stitches — or sutures.

How do tummy tuck scars look?

Tummy tuck scars will vary from patient to patient in length, placement, color, and other aspects, largely depending on the type and extent of the procedure, as well as individual patient factors and lifestyle variables. Patients undergoing mini tummy tucks typically have shorter incisions compared to those requiring extended tummy tucks, for example. To help minimize visible scarring after any tummy tuck, Dr. Marshall places incisions strategically, ensuring they can be concealed beneath clothing and within the body's natural contours as much as possible.

How much do tummy tuck scars fade?

While complete scar fading after tummy tuck surgery is not always realistic, proper surgical technique and postoperative care can significantly diminish the visibility of tummy tuck scarring. Generally speaking, tummy tuck scars undergo an extended healing and fading process, transitioning from red to pink and eventually to a white or skin-colored tone over 6 –12 months — or longer in some cases. Dr. Marshall will recommend topical ointments and other products to expedite scar fading and improve results.

How can I make my tummy tuck scar fade?

Optimizing tummy tuck scar healing requires diligence and patience. Following these tummy tuck scar care tips can help to facilitate a smoother recovery initially and minimize scar visibility after full tummy tuck recovery:

  • Keep the incision clean and dressed as directed
  • Do not submerge an open or healing incision (no baths, hot tub, swimming, etc.)
  • Refrain from pulling sutures or aggravating the incision site
  • Protect the scar from direct sunlight exposure
  • Follow Dr. Marshall's recommendations for scar massage and topical agents
  • Attend all postoperative appointments for monitoring and guidance

While scar concerns are natural, many patients find that the stunning results of their tummy tuck outweigh any residual scarring.

Transform your body and regain your confidence with tummy tuck surgery in Beverly Hills, CA

At Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Marshall and our caring team prioritize patient satisfaction and strive to deliver exceptional results with minimal scarring after all cosmetic procedures, including a tummy tuck. If you're considering a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, CA, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marshall to explore your options, learn more about what to expect with tummy tuck scarring, and start your journey toward a slimmer, sexier new look today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.