The Truth Behind Tummy Tuck Scars

One of the hard truths about a tummy tuck is that there will be a scar left behind. What kind of scarring should you expect from a tummy tuck? The type of scar you’re left with after surgery depends on the type of tummy tuck you have.

Traditional tummy tuck: Can result in a scar at the pubic bone that extends from hip to hip and one at the belly button

Mini tummy tuck: A modified version that addresses minimal loose skin and leaves behind a smaller scar just above the pubic bone that’s about twice the size of a C-section scar

Extended tummy tuck: Ideal for those who’ve lost a lot of weight. According to Troy, MI, plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD, this procedure can result in the same scar as a traditional tummy tuck and one that goes up and down from the breastbone to the pubic area.

Circumferential tummy tuck: Leaves a scar that extends completely around the body.

Your plastic surgeon should make the incision points low enough on the abdomen so that the scar is hidden in bathing suits and underwear. For the most part, scarring is similar and may get worse before it gets better. “Studies show that the most reliable type of scar treatment consists of silicone in a cream or an adherent strip," says Dr. Youn. "There’s a new scar therapy, embrace Advanced Scar Therapy, that’s getting attention because it takes the tension off of the scar, helping it heal as a thinner line.”


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