What Will My Tummy Tuck Scars Look Like?
A tummy tuck can restore a toned abdominal midsection following pregnancy, weight loss, or other life events. The body contouring surgery can restore your self-confidence and leave you looking several years younger.
Following your tummy tuck at Dr. Michael A. Devlin’s Little Rock, AR, cosmetic surgery practice, you will have one or more incisions that will eventually form scars. By taking careful steps during your recovery period, you can minimize the appearance of scars after tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Devlin focuses on patient education before, during, and after treatment and will provide detailed aftercare guidelines. Our office also serves nearby Conway, AR, and Hot Springs, AR.
What to Expect following Treatment
Dr. Devlin will take care to minimize the visibility of your surgical scar. Many of our patients are pleased with the subtle appearance of their tummy tuck scar once the incisions fully heal. A tummy tuck requires that a V or U shape incision is made along the lower abdomen. If you have undergone a cesarean section, that scar may be incorporated in some circumstances.
Immediately after Surgery
Your surgical incisions will be prominent immediately after surgery and in the week that follows. Swelling and bruising around the surgical area is common. It is important to remember that this is the worst your scar will appear. As your body heals, the scar will significantly fade.
You will still be left with a visible scar, but its appearance will be minimal after several months. As the incision heals, the scar will begin to blend in with the texture and color of surrounding skin. It may take up to one year for the scar to fade to its fullest extent. Anyone who undergoes a tummy tuck at our surgical center should be patient with the healing process.
How Can Dr. Devlin Minimize the Appearance of Scarring?
The size and location of the tummy tuck incision will be discussed with you during your cosmetic consultation. We welcome patients to bring swimsuits and undergarments. Dr. Devlin will make the incision in a location that fits under those garments and in some cases, hidden within the belly button. That way, your scars are concealed behind clothing. He will also make the incision just large enough to perform the necessary procedures during your tummy tuck.
Steps to Reduce the Prominence of Your Scars
Patients can help minimize the appearance of their scar by taking simple steps and avoiding certain habits. You will be provided with detailed recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. These instructions may include advice to:
- Quit smoking if you do, which can leave scars appearing darker in color
- Walk a little every day to reduce swelling and promote healing
- Avoid direct sunlight while your incisions heal and apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen once healing is complete
- Refrain from straining your body until it fully recovers
- Eat a nutritious, plant-based diet
- Apply topical vitamin E once Dr. Devlin approves
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
A tummy tuck can remove excess skin from the lower abdominal area. Along with providing beautiful results, minimizing the size and prominence of your scar is a top priority for Dr. Devlin. He strives to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results and for this reason, receives many referrals from satisfied past patients. If you are ready to learn more about how you can enjoy a toned and athletic midsection, please contact our office online or call (501) 227-8811.