How to Minimise Scars after a Tummy Tuck

A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty can help remove excess tummy skin after pregnancy or weight loss. Choosing the right plastic surgeon can help minimise your scars after a Tummy Tuck as scar placement is key. Good preparation and following recovery instructions closely can help get better scar results. Your scars will fade over time, but a great scar result takes effort

Smoking, stress and straining can impact your healing and scar formation to give a suboptimal scar result. Some patients form of keloid, rough or hypertrophic scars, which require special treatments.

Post-surgical scar treatments can also help get a better-looking scar including lasers, microneedling silicon tapes & Gels. Remember that a tummy tuck is considered major surgery and choosing the best tummy tuck surgeon is just as important as choosing the right surgical scar treatments.

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What is a Tummy Tuck? 

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to make your abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery entails the removal of excess skin, tissue, and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia. Once your surgical incisions have completely healed, your abdomen becomes flatter, firmer, and well-defined.

Do you have pockets of fats around your abdomen? Have you tried a variety of diets and exercises but feel like you are not losing abdominal fat? If so, you may be an ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery. This procedure removes excess fat in your abdomen and reshapes the area to make it aesthetically pleasing.

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How to Minimise Scars after a Tummy Tuck

While a tummy tuck may be very effective in achieving a tighter and better-looking tummy, the surgery requires downtime and may leave you with permanent scars. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to minimize your surgical scars.

Where do you develop scars after a Tummy Tuck?

Typically, tummy tuck scars are located in the following areas: – Belly button, Lower abdomen and Pelvic area.

A skilled plastic surgeon like Dr Turner can hide your tummy tuck scar around your bikini line to make it less visible. Less skillful doctors have incorrectly positioned, higher and wider scars or excess skin or ‘dog ears’, making the incision more obvious to others.

What should you do before your surgery to minimise scars after a Tummy Tuck ? 

The following are some essential tips to do prior to your tummy tuck procedure that can help reduce scarring:

  • Look at the past results of your plastic surgeon: This will give you a point of view of their skills and experience. This also allows you to bring up your concerns to your surgeon about the scarring associated with the procedure. You can ask what the scar is expected to look like as well as normal and abnormal findings during your recovery period. A surgeon with vast experience in the field of cosmetic surgery will be able to answer all your questions.
  • Bring underwear or bikini bottoms to your surgical planning appointment: This will help you to get a clear idea of where your scars will be. Your surgeon will suggest different types of surgical incisions that can be concealed with your underwear.
  • Refrain from smoking for at least six weeks before and after your surgery: This will help reduce complications of your tummy tuck procedure. Nicotine in cigarettes and vapes is a potent vasoconstrictor, which means that it narrows the blood vessels and impairs blood supply. This in turn delays the wound healing process. Can also cause necrosis or tissue death – Don’t smoke!
  • Tell your surgeon and anaesthetist about ALL your current medications: Some antibiotics, anticonvulsants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and steroids can impair the wound healing process and lead to a poor cosmetic result. Talking to your health care provider helps identify medications that can possibly affect the outcome of your tummy tuck surgery.
  • Be in good physical health before surgery – eat healthily and take fluids.
  • Washing all your incision sites the night before surgery with antibacterial solution can help to reduce the chances of an infection.

What should you do after your surgery to minimise scars after Tummy Tuck? 

During your recovery period, adhere to your surgeon’s instructions and the following tips to achieve your desired cosmetic result and lower your risk of complications:

  • Move and Walk gently as soon as possible: This will help reduce swelling and blood clot formation which can lead to longer recovery time and prominent scars.
  • Clean the surgical wound as prescribed by your doctor: Before discharge, your doctor will teach you the proper wound cleansing technique. Make sure to follow discharge instructions to prevent infection of your surgical wound and minimize scarring.
  • Avoid wound contamination – Don’t pick at or poke your incision. Always change dressings in a sterile environment and using clean disposable gloves. A wound infection can cause serious wound breakdown, tissue death and poor quality scar results.
  • Avoid lifting heavy items for at least six weeks: Avoid doing activities that stretch, bend, or cause you to put pressure on your abdomen. This can put additional tension on your suture line, resulting in wound dehiscence (reopening of the surgical wound).
  • Avoid sexual activities for three weeks: Resuming your sexual activity immediately can also put additional tension on your suture line, which can lead to further injury and scarring.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds: Prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds can alter the appearance of your surgical scar by inducing hyperpigmentation, a condition characterized by the darkening of the skin. This can make your scar more noticeable.
  • Don’t Smoke or Vape!

What Scar Treatments can help minimise scars after Tummy Tuck?

  • Using Silicone Gels – Stratapharma makes two products to help minimise scars – Stratamed (for open wounds) and Strataderm for (healed incisions). These can help get a better result and can be applied after surgery or weeks later..
  • Using Silicone Strips : These are over-the-counter ultra-thin sheets of silicone that are applied to scars. It significantly reduces the appearance of surgical scars by keeping the surgical wound hydrated, reduces the activity of inflammatory cytokines and fibroblasts (cells involved in scar formation), reduces wound tension, decreases blood flow to the scar site, and aids in the proper alignment of structural proteins.
  • Talk to your surgeon regarding topical steroids: Topical steroids reduce surgical scars by protecting against programmed cell death (apoptosis) and improving blood circulation in the dermis (skin layer between the epidermis and fat tissue). These are particularly useful if you are prone to hypertrophic scarring.
  • Consider laser therapy: Laser therapy is a minimally invasive scar revision procedure that reduces the appearance of surgical scars by destroying small blood vessels in immature scars which in turn prevents scar formation. This procedure also has an additional effect of stimulating the treated skin area to replace old, damaged skin cells with new, healthy cells, resulting in younger-looking skin.
  • Dermal treatments like skinpen and microneedling can also help minimise your scars after Tummy Tuck

Are you considering a tummy tuck for your abdominal fat? Want to know more about the procedure and surgical scar treatments that will best suit your body type?

Schedule a consultation with Dr Turner now or send in an enquiry form below.

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