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Tummy Tuck Scarring – Things You Should Know

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No woman likes to have a big belly. If a woman is overall fat and is asked which area she would want to be slim first at, she would definitely reply ‘tummy’.

But belly fat doesn’t always go with exercise and proper diet.

There may be numerous reasons why women collect belly fat from pregnancy and childbirth to stress to genetics, and not exclusively due to overeating or lack of exercise.

Therefore it’s not guaranteed that with a healthy lifestyle, a woman can reduce her waist.

Here a procedure named tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can come to rescue. It has become very popular, but women have a fear about the scarring the procedure may leave behind.

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Let’s get some knowledge about post-tummy tuck scars and what you can expect.

Types of Tummy Tuck Incisions

Incisions in a procedure like tummy tuck surgery in Port Macquarie most commonly extend between hip bones, and also a small incision around the navel.

These incisions enable your surgeon to take out all the tissue below and above the navel. Your surgeon will remove any stretch marks in that area.

Your surgeon will bring the navel out through a new opening while letting it stay in its original position on the abdominal wall.

If you’ve considered the cost of liposuction surgery in Grafton according to PCLS Coffs Harbour and have planned to undergo that procedure too, the additional incisions will be very small and are usually made in an area of tissue to be eliminated.

Those who have minimal excess skin or limited roundness in the area just below the navel can choose to have a mini tummy tuck.

A mini tummy tuck involves a shorter incision – usually of the same length of or slightly longer than a typical C-section scar.

The incision as well as recovery for a mini tummy tuck are usually less than that of a traditional tummy tuck.

To women with a lot of excess skin because of multiple pregnancies or a significant weight loss, surgeons may recommend an extended incision.

Women who successfully lose more than 100 lbs. of weight with diet and exercise or gastric bypass can have slackness and excess tissue that spreads horizontally as well as vertically.

In such women, the procedure is sometimes called a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck. It involves a vertical incision from the lower breastbone to the pubic bone, in addition the standard tummy tuck incision.

Therefore, the scar that remains after surgery looks like a large inverted T.

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How to Minimise Scars?

Regardless of what tummy tuck incision you plan to have, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions so that your surgical wound can heal with a minimised scar.

Most surgeons make use of surgical glue and paper tape or steri strips during the surgery.

After two weeks, they may switch you to a scar cream and some may include laser therapy to optimise scar remodeling after surgery.

You should keep your incision away from direct sun and apply sunscreen for the first many months after surgery so as to help your scar heal faster and better.

An entire year will be required for the scar to fade completely.

So, have you come out of the fear of scarring and ready to undergo a tummy tuck?