How to reduce the appearance of tummy tuck scars.

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Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a popular procedure for mothers who are done having children or anyone who has experienced extreme weight loss.

It is an effective procedure for sculpting a flat stomach, getting rid of excess loose skin, and tightening stretched out and separated stomach muscles.

Many people who are interested in undergoing this procedure, however, are worried about the scar that is left following the operation. Let’s take a look at the truth about tummy tuck scars–and how to minimize them.

The Incision

In order to achieve the dramatic results most patients are going for, the tummy tuck incision must be quite long. There are other, less invasive tummy tuck methods, but these offer less comprehensive results for patients with extreme sagging.

Surgical scars from plastic surgery usually fade well, but it isn’t always easy to predict the behavior of the scar, and there is no way to hide a tummy tuck scar in a fold or below the hairline, as with other surgeries.

If you are prone to keloid scars, this surgery may not be a good option for you, but ask a plastic surgeon before making a final decision. There are some treatments available to reduce the appearance of keloids after they develop.


Plastic surgeons position the incision so it can be covered by a bikini swimsuit or underwear, so for the most part, the aesthetic aspects of the scar should not matter. Patients who go in for a consultation should wear the underwear style they prefer so the surgeon can plan for the incision placement on your particular body.

Giving It Time

Scars take a while to heal, and the tummy tuck scar will be quite long (usually from hip bone to hip bone, in a half moon shape). Most fading will be complete by about a year following surgery, but each incision fades differently and to a different degree, so be sure to ask your plastic surgeon if you feel that your scar is not healing properly.

Lifestyle Before & After Surgery

A healthy lifestyle before and after surgery will promote good healing and set you up for success. While there is no way to prevent scarring directly, general good health is always a positive preventative measure.

Moisturizing & Protection

Caring for your scar is fairly simple, but you’ll need to be diligent in moisturizing and protecting the incision site. Rubbing cocoa butter or a silicone serum on the scar is highly recommended, as is keeping the scar protected from the sun. Ask your plastic surgeon for specific information about which products their patients have had the most success with.

Finding a Tummy Tuck Expert

One of the best ways to ensure better chances of a good outcome is to choose a highly-qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in the tummy tuck procedure.

Our abdominoplasty experts in NY offer beautiful tummy tuck results and they have years of experience and happy patients. To learn more about getting a flat belly with tummy tuck surgery, call today to schedule your free consultation in our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan, New York City centers.


*This page does not communicate the full list of complete risks and potential complications from this surgery. To receive a list of post-op risks & complications, please contact our office.