Will My Tummy Tuck Leave A Scar
Will My Tummy Tuck Leave A Scar – At the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, we always want each of our patients to feel well informed about whichever surgical or nonsurgical procedure they may select and what it involves. It’s our belief that the most satisfied patients are those who go into the experience with sensible, practical expectations.
If you’re considering tummy tuck surgery to sculpt your abdomen, you may be curious whether the popular procedure will leave a scar. Because it is – after all – a surgical procedure that requires an incision, tummy tucks generally leave some degree of scarring. However, tummy tuck incisions are normally placed low enough that any scarring can be covered by a swimsuit bottom or underwear. The scars will appear firm and pinkish for about six weeks, then steadily diminish and flatten during the six months to a year or so following the tummy tuck. While there are certainly steps you can take to minimize your tummy tuck scar, you must accept the reality that the scar will not totally fade away.
To minimize scarring after a tummy tuck, it’s very important to follow the post-procedure instructions you’ll be given by our staff. Though you may not believe that some behaviors may affect your scarring, you’d be surprised to find out that some actually can. Not following the advice of your cosmetic surgery team only raises the risk not only of scarring, but of other potential complications as well.
A key practice to help lower the visibility of scarring is to not expose your incision to the sun for around one year after surgery because this may cause the scars to get darker. There are skincare products that can help to minimize scars – if you’d like a recommendation on which products are the safest and most effective feel free to ask our staff any time.
Interested in more information about tummy tuck surgery? Contact us for a consultation at 630-232-7840.