A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a popular way to improve the appearance of your belly after pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure removes excess skin and unwanted fat pockets, and it may also tighten the underlying abdominal muscles.
Most people who undergo tummy tucks are eager to see their results. However, some patients are concerned about potential scarring. Today, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters reviews what you can expect after tummy tuck surgery at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa. Contact us if you have questions about body contouring in New Orleans, LA.
Where Are Incisions Placed During a Tummy Tuck?
The incisions for a tummy tuck are usually placed along the lower abdomen just above the pubic area, allowing it to be hidden in most underwear or swimsuits. The length of the incisions will depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed.
After making the incisions, we lift the skin from the underlying abdominal muscles. This gives Dr. Walters access to remove fat pockets and repair any separated or weakened muscles. Once this part of the surgery is complete, excess skin is cut away, and the remaining skin is pulled tight and closed with sutures.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Most people are excited after body contouring and are eager to see their results. Of course, you will have some inflammation and bruising after surgery. Mild to moderate side effects are normal and will gradually improve over the next few weeks. You will also need to wear a medical compression garment to help minimize swelling.
What Will My Tummy Tuck Scars Look Like?
Dr. Walters places abdominoplasty incisions in natural creases and in areas that are hidden by undergarments. Some scars may be visible, particularly if you have a lot of excess skin. Fortunately, most scars fade over time and are barely noticeable. The MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa can provide aftercare instructions to help minimize the appearance of tummy tuck scars in New Orleans, LA.
What Are Some Tips for Reducing Scars After Surgery?
There are many ways to minimize the appearance of scars after tummy tuck surgery. Follow all postoperative instructions closely and feel free to ask questions if you have any concerns. Some of our best tips for scar care include:
- Protect the incisions: Keep the surgical area clean and covered with a bandage as directed. Dr. Walters may prescribe a topical ointment to improve healing.
- Avoid sun exposure: Avoid damaging UV rays during and after recovery. Be sure to wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and cover the treated area with sun-protective clothing when outdoors.
- Eat balanced meals: Drink water and eat healthy foods to support proper healing. Vitamin E is especially helpful in wound care and scar repair after tummy tuck surgery.
Minimize Tummy Tuck Scars
Tummy tuck scars are usually not a major concern for most patients. However, if you have questions about scarring after body contouring, contact us at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters is experienced in performing a wide range of cosmetic procedures in New Orleans, LA, and is happy to address these topics and more during an appointment.