Expected scar after a Tummy Tuck

The Tummy Tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. Is ideal for patients who have excess skin and tissue in the abdominal area. The Tummy Tuck also addresses the separated wall muscle (diastasis recti) that usually occurs after weight fluctuations and pregnancy.

Incisions for a Tummy Tuck most commonly extend from hip bone to hip bone as well as a small incision around the belly button. This allows the doctor to remove all the tissue below and just above the belly button, stretch marks in that area will be removed as well. The belly button is brought out through a new opening but stays in its original place on the abdominal wall. Liposuction will be part of the procedure; these additional incisions are very small and generally made in an area of tissue to be removed.

The mini Tummy Tuck is best for those who have minimal excess skin that is limited to the area just below the belly button. The incision and recovery for a mini Tummy Tuck are often less than a more traditional abdominoplasty.

For patients with a lot of excess skin due to multiple pregnancies or a large amount of weight loss (after gastric bypass, bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve, etc.), an extended incision may be recommended.

No matter the type of incision you have for your Tummy Tuck, it is important to follow your aftercare program so that your incision heals with the best scar possible, it also is recommended to keep the scar out of the direct sun for the first 4-6 weeks.

Tummy Tuck may include additional procedures such as liposuction to achieve the best results. It is important to seek a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for a Tummy Tuck and discuss the surgical plan that meets your expectations.