You wanted to have flatter, firmer, more toned abs, so you decided to push through with abdominoplasty. But are you prepared for the tummy tuck scars that go with it? Here, let us discover the truth behind how one can deal with tummy tuck scars after a successful abdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck scars: How do they look like?
Your tummy tuck scars will depend on the type of abdominoplasty you underwent.
For traditional abdominoplasty, your tummy tuck scars include a horizontal scar along your bikini line that extends from hip to hip and another around your navel since you need to reposition it to suit your newly shaped and tightened tummy.
Mini tummy tuck scars generally involve a smaller horizontal scar along the bikini area since it only removes a small amount of fat and skin around the lower abdomen. Extended tummy tucks have a longer horizontal scar since it also removes fat around the hips and upper thigh areas. Furthermore, circumferential abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy needs an incision that goes from your abdomen to your back, so you can expect to have a horizontal scar that goes around your lower trunk area.
Tummy tuck scars: Can they disappear?
Unfortunately, scars never go away. It is a permanent reminder of what you have been through in your life. So if you have undergone surgical procedures, whether cosmetic or functional in nature, the scars you get from them will not disappear. However, there are ways to lighten their appearance and make them unnoticeable.
Follow your doctor’s wound care tips. This advice works not only to make your scars lighten but more importantly to make sure that your surgical wounds heal properly. Your wounds need to be cleaned regularly so that infection can be prevented.
Apply topical creams or ointments prescribed by your doctor. Not just any other scar removal concoctions since it may further damage your skin if complications occur. Also, applying it with the go signal of your surgeon is very important. Having topical treatments even before your wound is fully healed may affect the normal healing process. Once your wounds already have scabs on top, your plastic surgeon may recommend using topical treatments with silicone. Silicone is known to replicate the protective properties of the skin and also aids in the hydration of the scar itself. Other ingredients of an effective topical scar removal cream or gel include Vitamin E and cocoa butter.
Moisturise. Having dry skin makes you feel itchy, and it can result in having cracked skin that worsens the appearance of scars. Scratching your scars can darken your skin and in return make them look emphasised.
Avoid extreme sun exposure. The UV rays can affect your scars and make them look darker and intense, so make sure your body is covered when doing your daily exercises like walking. You must also apply sunscreen though wearing loose-fitting clothes that cover your scars may already do the trick.
Avoid body-hugging clothes. The material of your clothes may irritate the wound and intensify the look of the scars. Ensure that you are comfortable with the clothes you are wearing.
Everybody wants to have a beautiful body free from any flaws. But if the way for you to achieve that perfect dream body is to have scars, you have to accept and make do of what you have and just make sure that you do your best to prevent making it worse. Discuss your concerns with your doctor so he can give you other safe and effective tips to make you feel good about yourself.