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What Will My Tummy Tuck Scar Look Like?

By: Dr. Chet Mays


Scarring is most patients’ least favorite part of cosmetic surgery, but it is important to have realistic expectations for your surgical scars and to understand how to care for them to encourage the most complete healing and fading possible. With proper scar care and an experienced surgeon, many cosmetic surgery scars are scarcely visible and/or can be easily concealed under reasonable clothing, swimsuits, and undergarments. When it comes to tummy tuck surgery specifically, many patients have questions about where their scar will be, how long it will be, and whether it will be hidden while wearing a swimsuit. In this blog, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chet Mays of Mays Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Louisville, KY addresses these tummy tuck FAQ and more.

What is the goal of tummy tuck surgery?

The purpose of tummy tuck surgery is primarily to sculpt a slimmer, smoother, more pleasing midsection by removing and tightening loose skin. Many men and women choose tummy tuck surgery to counteract the side effects of extreme weight loss, like hanging skin folds. The procedure is also useful for reversing the stretched skin associated with pregnancy or a wrinkled stomach caused by aging.

Does tummy tuck surgery include liposuction?

Tummy tuck surgery itself, also known as abdominoplasty surgery, is performed for the primary purpose of removing excess skin and tightening the midsection. However, liposuction and/or other techniques are commonly combined with tummy tuck surgery to address stubborn fat and other secondary concerns. Some of the complaints that may be improved with tummy tuck surgery and associated procedures include:

  • Loose abdominal skin
  • Wrinkled stomach skin
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Saggy stomach
  • Hanging skin folds
  • Stubborn stomach fat
  • Mommy pooch
  • Ventral hernia
  • Diastasis recti
  • Poor posture and back pain
  • Urinary incontinence

Where will my tummy tuck scar be?

The incision used during tummy tuck surgery is placed as low on the abdomen as possible while still allowing Dr. Mays to access the target treatment areas and remove the maximum amount of loose skin. With this placement, tummy tuck scars are often concealable, even beneath underwear and swimsuits.

How long is a tummy tuck scar?

Tummy tuck incisions vary in length based largely on how much extra skin needs to be removed. Generally speaking, patients undergoing a full tummy tuck can expect a scar across their lower abdomen, which may run from hip to hip. An extended tummy tuck may require a lengthier incision, while a mini tummy tuck incision may only be a few inches in length. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Mays will perform a thorough evaluation and consultation to determine the extent of your concerns and will let you know how long you can expect your tummy tuck scar to be. Even with a scar – which typically flattens and fades with proper care over time – most patients feel that their slim, sexy new look is well worth it.

Reimagine your physique with tummy tuck surgery in Louisville, KY

If real life has taken a toll on your figure and you’re looking for a way to restore the slimmer, smoother contours of your youth, you may be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Join the many other men and women who are once again loving their look by scheduling your private tummy tuck consultation with leading Louisville, KY board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chet Mays at Mays Plastic Surgery & Med Spa today.

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