Tummy Tuck Scars - How Bad Are They?

One of the biggest reasons why many patients hesitate to get a tummy tuck is because of the scars involved. The tummy tuck is a fairly extensive procedure and requires the surgeon to make a very long scar across the hip bone and other areas of the abdomen. Most patients undergoing this procedure look at it as a last resort – they simply cannot get rid of the loose skin around their  midsection. Patients who have had multiple pregnancies or lost a lot of weight typically have torn abdominal muscles. Part of the tummy tuck procedure can involve sewing the muscles back together to create a tight and flat appearance.

So how bad are tummy tuck scars? How long does it take for them to go away? Here’s what you need to know:

Extent of Scarring after a Tummy Tuck

Your surgeon may use one of several types of incisions to enter the body. Most incisions are made along the pelvic bone so that they are easier to hide. However, the incision has to be fairly long and typically runs all the way from one side of the body to the other. The incision line can also be a portion of a trapezoidal shape with angular cuts. Your surgeon will choose an incision type based on how much fat needs to be removed, what your current abdominal wall looks like, and how much space he or she needs to cut and pull down the skin.
The incisions typically heal evenly but some people notice crooked lines and “breaks” as the skin pulls back and heals. Still, the scar itself remains for several weeks and months.

Tummy Tuck Healing and Recovery

Since tummy tuck scars are fairly deep, the scar will start to appear darker and even thicker during the recovery period. Over time it will become much thinner and pliable. Most patients see the scars fade within a few months but the extent of fading will depend on your skin tone. If you tend to bruise easily or are prone to hyperpigmentation, your scars may end up becoming thicker and even rope-like.
The best way to determine what your healing process will look like is to look at tummy tuck before and after photos of patients who have a similar skin tone and figure as you.
Set up a consultation with a tummy tuck doctor in your area to find out more about tummy tuck scars and what to expect during the healing process.