Tips for Minimizing Tummy Tuck Scars
A tummy tuck can offer dramatic results for patients who wish to eliminate excess tissue and improve contours around their midsection. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of scarring. However, at Prime Plastic Surgery in La Jolla, CA, Dr. Robert Singer utilizes strategic incision placement and advanced techniques to minimize the appearance of tummy tuck scars.
Here, our team discusses how to properly care for your incisions following a tummy tuck. By following a few simple guidelines, you can minimize scarring and enjoy incredible results for years to come.
Where Will My Incision Be Located?
In most instances, Dr. Singer creates an incision from hip bone to hip bone and a small incision around the navel. This allows him to remove excess tissue above and below the belly button. The navel stays in the same location on the abdomen, but is commonly repositioned.
If liposuction is performed as part of your tummy tuck procedure, the incisions for the cannula will be created in an area of tissue that will be removed. This helps to further minimize tummy tuck scars.
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may require a second incision. This is because tissue must be removed both vertically and horizontally. In these instances, the second incision typically runs from the bottom of the breastbone to the pubic bone. As a result, the final scar will look like an upside-down T.
How to Minimize Tummy Tuck Scars
To close the incisions following your abdominoplasty, your surgeon often uses surgical glue, tape, or steri-strips to help them heal properly. Here are a few other things our San Diego, CA-area patients can do in the days, weeks, and months that follow.
#1: Follow the Recommended Guidelines
The day of your tummy tuck surgery, you will be provided with a list of detailed instructions. Be sure to follow these precisely to reduce the risk of complications.
#2: Begin Topical Treatments as Directed
Once the incisions have closed and the scabs have fallen off, we encourage patients to begin using topical creams or ointments. We recommend silicone-containing products, which promote the normalization of scar tissue hydration.
Moisturizer can be used to keep the skin soft and supple. To avoid infection, however, be sure to wait until the incisions are completely closed.
#4: Use Proper Sun Protection
When scars are exposed to UV light, it can make them appear thicker and darker. When you go outdoors, be sure you wear proper clothing and apply sunscreen year-round.
#5: Choose the Right Products
Some products can contain harsh or abrasive ingredients. These things can irritate the skin and make your scars more noticeable. Choose only gentle skincare products.
#6: Monitor for Complications
Following your tummy tuck procedure, keep an eye on your incisions to ensure they are healing properly. If you notice any redness, inflammation, or drainage, contact your surgeon right away.
Contact Us for More Information
If you are considering abdominoplasty, it is important to know how to reduce the appearance of your tummy tuck scars. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our La Jolla, CA, plastic surgery practice. Contact us online or call our office at (858) 455-0290.