At first glance, a tummy tuck might almost seem too good to be true. With a single surgical procedure, you can get rid of that stubborn fat and flab that hangs around your stomach and achieve the tight, flat abdomen of your dreams.
Of course, there is one nagging question that many tummy tuck patients have: How long will the scarring last?
While your tummy tuck scars will never completely go away, they will fade considerably over time. Also, keep in mind that several factors can impact the long-term appearance of your scars.
Because there are so many different factors that can affect the appearance of your tummy tuck scars, the specific recovery timeline can look a little different from one patient to the next. With that said, here is a general sense of how your scars should change over time.
As for specific factors that can impact your tummy tuck scars, here are a few things to keep in mind.
One of the main factors will be the experience of your surgeon. Simply put, a plastic surgeon who is more adept and skilled will be better able to keep the incision less obvious. Your doctor will likely conceal the scar within a fold of skin and/or close the sutures in a way that minimizes visible scarring. A good way to ensure your surgeon has the necessary skill level is to verify that they are board-certified. Asking to see before and after images may also offer some assurances. The good news is Dr. Herbstman has several options for patients to help visibly reduce the appearance of scars after surgery. He will make those recommendations within the first few weeks of healing so scar treatment can begin early in the healing process.
By carefully adhering to the surgeon’s post-surgical instructions, you can further reduce the visibility of your scars.
Your surgeon will offer some specific directions before you go in for the procedure, but general guidelines include:
With the right surgeon and aftercare, you can ensure your scarring winds up being pretty close to invisible. To see for yourself, take a look at our before and after gallery.
If you have any additional questions regarding tummy tuck scarring or schedule a consultation, contact Contemporary Plastic Surgery in New Jersey.
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