Having excess fat on the tummy area is one of the most common problems for men and women. Sometimes, you get fat accumulated on your tummy area even if you have stable weight. Undergoing tummy tuck surgery can solve your problem as it eliminates the excess fat and skin on tummy and tightens the abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is highly effective procedure but before you go under the knife, you need to know about some important facts. Here we will discuss about one of them.
Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure and it involves making incisions and any type of incisions result in scarring. In case of tummy tuck surgery, various techniques can be used for the procedure and the appearance of scars differs depending on the technique used. Here we will discuss how the scars after tummy tuck surgery will look like.
In traditional abdominoplasty, incision will be made at the same level as C section surgery but it will be much longer. This incision will be made from hip to hip while other will be a vertical incision made for reformation of navel. A horizontal scar between belly button and pubic mound will appear after this type of surgery. Another scar will appear in the navel area; this scar may look like inverted Y or U.
If your surgeon uses W technique in which a w shaped incision is made rather than a horizontal one then the scarring caused by the procedure will also be W shaped. This technique will not cause vertical scar.
If we talk about mini tummy tuck, the procedure will address lower abdominal area only but the scar caused by the procedure will also be small. In this procedure, incision is made in the same place as the traditional tummy tuck but it will be smaller resulting in smaller horizontal scar.
Besides the techniques used for the procedure, the appearance of scars caused by tummy tuck surgery also depends on the healing capability of patient. For some people, surgery results in less visible flattened scars while others get prominent keloid scars. Keloids are prominent raised scars with overgrowths of scar tissue.
Various methods to reduce or remove the scars caused by tummy tuck surgery are available. If you think the scars are affecting the appearance of your tummy and you want to improve them then you can go for the best suitable scar removal method. Though it is important to discuss this matter with your plastic surgeon as only he can recommend you the best suitable method, here we will discuss about these methods.
Scar revision surgery can be the option for scar removal. It is an ideal option for wide and long or irregular scars. This method in fact thins or shortens the scar making it less noticeable. In this procedure, unaffected skin is reconnected that results in less visible scar. You should attempt for scar revision surgery six months to a year after tummy tuck.
Laser treatment is also an effective treatment for scar removal. It uses laser to remove the scar and correct the damaged skin. There are various types of lasers and the treatment is done in multiple sessions. The type of laser and number of sessions is determined according to the severity and depth of scars. Raised or thick scars will require more sessions as compared to small scars.
In short, tummy tuck surgery results in scarring and the appearance of scars varies from patient to patient but various treatment options are also available for their removal or reduction.