For many people, the idea of undergoing a tummy tuck is a desirable one. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can be used to achieve a flatter, smoother stomach profile. This benefit is especially appealing to individuals who may be having a hard time losing stomach fat, despite dieting and exercising. A tummy tuck can also be ideal for candidates who have excessive or sagging stomach skin (usually as a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss).
While satisfaction rates for a full abdominoplasty are often through the roof, there’s no denying there’s one drawback that many patients are afraid of: tummy tuck scars.
Why Tummy Tuck Scarring Occurs
A tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery procedure that can help correct and repair the abdominal muscles, as well as remove fat and sagging skin. To achieve this outcome, your plastic surgeon needs to be able to access the abdominal muscles. This requires an incision beneath your underwear line or existing c-section scar, and typically stretches from hip to hip.
This incision allows the plastic surgeon to remove extra skin, repair the abdominal muscles, and pull the upper part of the stomach skin down (like a window shade). The incision is then sutured in layers to provide a flat, non-indented scar.
As you can see, the scar from a tummy tuck procedure can seem large and intimidating at first glance. However, it’s important to consider that this scar is placed in an area that’s typically covered by bathing suit bottoms and intimate apparel. Your scar won’t be visible unless you’re completely nude.
It’s also worth considering the sky-high patient satisfaction rates with the results from a tummy tuck. Many patients aren’t even bothered by the scar, especially once they experience the smooth and flat stomach profile after the procedure.
At South Coast Plastic Surgery, the doctors often use a cutting-edge technique involving the direct injection of platelet-rich plasma into the incision before closure. This technique allows for delivery of growth and healing factors to the wound edge, thus resulting in a decreased inflammatory response, and better scar!
Ask yourself: Will you be more self-conscious about a tummy tuck scar, or a flabby stomach?
Tummy Tuck at South Coast Plastic Surgery
At South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Song ensure that your tummy tuck scar is placed in a discrete and easily hidden location. Contact South Coast Plastic Surgery today to learn more about what can be done to minimize the appearance of your tummy tuck scars. Call 949-701-4454 today.