Following tummy tuck surgery – also referred to as abdominoplasty – the length of your scar will depend on the extent of skin that needs to be removed in order to achieve an optimal outcome. The width of the scar, however, will depend on a variety of different factors, including the surgical technique utilized, your body’s natural healing process, and the amount of care and attention your incision receives throughout recovery.
At my practice, I employ specific surgical approaches and postoperative scar regimens to help minimize the width of my patients’ tummy tuck scars. Among these techniques is an innovative scar management method known as embrace® Active Scar Defense, which is designed to diminish the formation of scars through “tension off-loading”. Consisting of a silicone-based adhesive dressing, embrace® is generally applied overtop of your closed incision about two to four weeks after surgery. While in position, the dressing helps stabilize damaged tissues, creating a low-tension environment that protects against stress caused by body movements. As a result, scar tissue formation can be significantly reduced.
Ultimately, the length and width of tummy tuck scarring will vary by individual, but an idea of what you may be able to expect based on your unique needs and goals can best be provided after a physical exam is completed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
– Dr. Jon Kurkjian, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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