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During the abdominoplasty surgery an incision needs to be made across the hip bone along with below the belly button, these incisions lead to a small amount of scarring within these areas which gradually becomes less noticeable and will fade over time.
Throughout this article we’ll address the common questions with regards to tummy tuck scars covering what they look like, how big they are and the best treatments for them.
The answer to this question depends highly on the placement of the procedure and technique the surgeon uses. The full tummy tuck procedure requires two incisions, One horizontal (to remove stretch marks and excess fat) and one belly button (to secure the belly button in place). Quite often these scars can be placed below the panty line, ensuring they are not noticeable when wearing a bikini. These incision locations are marked out on the morning of the surgery.
The size of the tummy tuck scar depends on the type of tummy tuck you’re getting, usually a full tummy tuck will create an extended horizontal scar along with a small scar around the naval. Whilst a mini tummy tuck only creates an incision in the area below the belly button.
Unfortunately scars are inevitable when it comes to tummy tucks but these fade over time. It’s important to know that different tummy tuck procedures produce different types of scars, so there’s never an exact date for when these scars will fade.
There are a variety of scar treatments for tummy tucks, for example Topical vitamin E is an effective way to improve the appearance of scars and ensure the scar is kept moisturised. Time is another effective healer, scars will tend to naturally fade when given enough time.
If the above scar treatment is not proving effective, there are a variety of more intensive treatments available. Laser treatment offered privately can collapse the blood vessels on the surface of the skin that cause the redness. Punch grafts are another effective treatment, where a small hole is made in the skin using a small tool and skin taken from another part of the body, such as behind the ear. After treatment the scar is made smoother and less noticeable.
The Cadogan Clinic offers a variety of different aftercare treatments for patients, including a 24/7 on call nurse and complimentary access to ongoing wound care. For more details, get in touch with us via the contact form on our website.
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