What Will My Tummy Tuck Surgery Scars Look Like?


One of the many benefits of tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is that it can help patients achieve an abdomen that appears flatter and firmer following childbirth or weight loss. During the procedure, the excess skin is removed via an incision that is placed low on the abdomen. Where exactly this incision is located and how long it is will depend on the patient’s unique needs and goals. Dr. Mark Richards, our board certified plastic surgeon, explains that he uses techniques designed to make the scar as inconspicuous as possible. As a result, most patients can hide their scar beneath many types of clothing, including bathing suits.

The typical abdominoplasty incision is placed low on the stomach and runs from hip to hip. The exact length and placement, however, will depend on your anatomic indicators and desired outcome. When you arrive for your initial consultation, we recommend bringing a swimsuit, pair of underwear, or other clothing item that you would like to have ultimately cover the scar. This will allow Dr. Richards to customize the treatment plan and determine where to best place the incision. If you have a caesarean scar, in many cases the new incision can be made below it so as to remove that scar and create a potentially thinner, lower mark that can be concealed by your clothing.

It’s important to remember that scars take time to mature; and, at first, the incision may be red. Scars often improve for up to a year or more, but many patients can wear a swimsuit after a few months without feeling self-conscious. There are specific topical and laser scar-reduction treatments we use that will help improve the incision’s appearance.

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