Tummy Tuck With Scar Tissue

A tummy tuck scar forms in the areas where your skin heals after tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat from your belly. The scar is usually thin. It may be raised, recessed, slightly pink or lighter than the surrounding skin.

All tummy tucks remove unwanted skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles. However, different patients have different aesthetic goals. Many Caucasian patients desire a very slender and petite figure.

Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin, fat and muscle tissue from the abdomen to tighten the abdominal muscles and buttock. The doctor then pulls out the excess skin, which can cause stretch marks called striae distensae that are thin red or brown bands caused by pregnancy or weight gain or loss.

A tummy tuck is a procedure that is used to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. It can also help with sagging skin caused by pregnancy or weight loss. However,

Scar tissue can cause bleeding, infection, wound healing issues and poor results as well as requiring additional surgery in some cases.

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on most patients.

For example, a patient who has previously had two or more c-sections (cesarean births) will have an increased risk of complications during any future abdominal procedures because scar tissue from previous surgeries is usually difficult to separate from the skin and fat layers beneath them. Additionally, patients who have had extensive scarring from prior abdominal surgeries are often best treated with a full abdominoplasty instead of a mini tummy tuck since there will likely be so much excess skin that only removing part of it would result in an unnatural-looking appearance.

The doctor will determine if any additional scar tissue/adhesions need to be removed during your tummy tuck surgery.

Scar tissue can cause complications during surgery, including pain and limited mobility. G how he plans on removing any excess scarring from your procedure beforehand so that you’re fully prepared for what to expect during recovery.

Internal Scar Tissue Tummy Tuck

A scar will naturally form where the incision was closed if you’re having a surgery that involves an incision such as a tummy tuck. The initial scar formation, referred to as the proliferation phase, can last up to six weeks. In the final maturation phase, the scar will look and feel different than the surrounding tissue. A normal scar will generally appear somewhat flat and pale and will typically fade with time. In fact, after several years many scars eventually become undetectable to the naked eye.

However, some scars follow a more aggressive path, and can even get worse as time goes on. When the body produces too much collagen in an effort to repair the damage it can result in a ‘raised’ scar. These are considered ‘bad scars’ or ‘adverse scar conditions’ and they can unfold following any incision, including an incision made during a plastic surgery procedure.

While scars are a necessary evil for any plastic surgery procedure that has an incision, certain types of scars are worse than others. These undesirable scars are known as hypertrophic scars and keloids.

While keloids are more rare than hypertrophic scars, keloids are also much harder to treat. Proper treatment of either scar type is firmly rooted in correctly diagnosing whether it is a hypertrophic or keloid scar.

There are several ways in which Dr. G will remove excess fat after performing a tummy tuck operation:

  • Before surgery: by using a laser
  • During surgery: by manual dissection (not recommended)

After surgery: by use of a scalpel or other instruments

Infection is another possible complication that can arise from abdominal surgery. Infection around surgical wounds is not only painful but also potentially life-threatening if left untreated. It’s important for all patients undergoing any type of surgery on their abdomen to take antibiotics prior to their procedure as well as immediately afterward until they’ve completed all required follow-up visits with their surgeon.’

The incision is where the surgeon makes an opening in your skin to access the abdominal cavity. These are often called “tummy tuck scars,” but they do not occur only on your tummy. In fact, they can appear anywhere on your body as a result of any type of surgery or injury that requires opening up an area of tissue.

Tummy tuck scars can appear anywhere on the abdomen and vary in appearance based upon how deep into that region they were made by the surgeon. The location and appearance of these scars depends greatly upon their depth and size—the deeper they go into tissue, the more noticeable they will be when healing is complete; larger scars may require more time for healing because there is more tissue involved with each stitch.*

Your doctor will discuss all risks associated with the surgery during your consultation.

Your doctor will discuss all risks associated with the surgery during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck Scar Treatment

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is major surgery. So just as you took the time to choose the best doctor for your surgery, you’ll want to choose the best scar therapy, too. embrace® Active Scar Defense is the only one that’s clinically proven to help prevent the appearance of dark, raised, visible scars and is preferred by plastic surgeons. Here’s what you’ll want to know:

How it works: The uniquely designed applicator achieves precise tension reduction on the skin, (tension being the key cause of scarring), to gently hold both sides of your closed incision together. Clear video instructions make embrace® easy to apply, and gentle to remove. We recommend removing embrace® the evening prior to allow your skin to rest 12 to 24 hours between applications. Even better, embrace® is water resistant, so you can shower and exercise. And each application lasts an average of 7-10 days, relieving you of a daily regimen.

How it’s made: Its Stress-Shield™ Technology is constructed of medical-grade silicone and adhesive, protecting from everyday movement while hydrating and softening your skin. The result is a lighter, thinner, flatter scar.

When to start: Apply embrace® on new scars less than 6 months old. For optimal results, use 1 to 4 weeks after suture removal. Tip: The earlier you treat, the better your results.

Our plastic surgeons are highly skilled in performing all types of tummy tuck surgery, including revisionary surgeries for patients who have undergone multiple abdominal surgeries or have extensive scarring from previous procedures. You can also review before-and-after photos of actual patients who’ve had their surgery performed here at our practice.

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