Does an abdominoplasty leave big scars?

Does an abdominoplasty leave big scars?

When it comes to abdominoplasty, potential scarring is a big concern for most patients.  They typically want to know if abdominoplasty leaves big scars, and what can be done to make scars less noticeable.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that is done to flatten the tummy by removing excess skin and fat, and tightening the underlying muscles (learn more).

Does an abdominoplasty leave big scars?

The size and shape of the scar after abdominoplasty, will depend on the amount of excess skin and fatty tissue that has to be removed from the lower abdomen.   

A full abdominoplasty is typically required for patients that have a lot of excess skin and fat to remove.  The incision for a full tummy tuck is made just above the pubic area, and leaves a scar that extends from hip to hip.  However, the scar is usually hidden under the bikini line, so it’s not visible when wearing a bikini or underwear.

A mini-tummy tuck is performed when patients have a small amount of skin and fat to eliminate.  This incision leaves a scar that is a little longer than a C-section scar.

The incisions from and a tummy tuck heal well over time, and fade significantly after about 1 year (read more). 

Is it possible to reduce scarring with abdominoplasty?

It is possible to minimize scarring with abdominoplasty by planning properly for the incisions, and caring for the scar after surgery.  Post surgical treatments such as laser therapy and microneedling can also help to reduce the appearance of scars. 

Would you like to learn more about abdominoplasty scars?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

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