A lot of women (and some men), upon seeing a tummy tuck (TT) scar posted on the internet, will be put off by the appearance and rule out the surgery. The intent of this post is not to try and change your mind but to rather offer some things for you to consider before ruling out a tummy tuck, if scarring is your primary concern.
First of all, it is important to note that I think there is a tendency for people who self post to select very atypical situations to dramatize their results and their lives. This is not to say that they did not occur but it is like that show Botched (which I confess, I have never watched but I get asked about by my patients). I am sure that these things occurred but it is not a typical result, but rather, a very rare one.
The scars from a TT, by definition will be long and generally are from hip to hip. However, they are usually placed low and can be concealed by clothing. Also, the TT scars usually fade really nicely, but it takes time. I did a TT on my office manager, Cheryl, and her scar is extremely hard to see now. I have had some patients put tattoos over their TT scars and that renders them almost invisible.
Some patients will have their scars fade much sooner. I just performed a TT on a woman, less than 3 weeks ago, and we have already posted her results (with a side view photograph of her before and after) on my website, because her scar is so faint. It looks like the operation occurred years ago!!! However, that has more to do with genetics, than the skill of the surgeon.
We carry a cream in our office which can help mature the scar sooner and help it fade more quickly. There are also other products from silicone sheeting to Mederma that can also be effective.
Sometimes, patients will get a dog ear after surgery, which is just a small amount of fullness at the edge of the incision. This can easily be refined in the office under local anesthetic and is quite a small bit of fine tuning which is sometimes necessary. You can return to work the next day.
The name of the game is patience, as scars will continue to fade month after month and year after year. If you have any questions about scarring or tummy tucks in general. please contact my office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary, private consultation with me.