A tummy tuck scar generally is placed in your waist line crease. Where is this crease? Bend or flex at your waist and you'll see a crease line below your excess skin and fat. Usually, the scar will be placed there or lower depending on your anatomy. Also, usually, the c section scar is removed and replaced with a better looking scar. The length of your scar will depend on the amount of excess skin you have extending to your waist. To...
Generally, the tummy tuck incision will be placed to cut out the old C-section scar. This seems to be the case for you, based on your photograph.
Because the tummy tuck pulls on the tummy skin so tightly, the scar may end up at the same height, lower, or higher than the current height of your C-section scar. The elasticity of your tissues and the amount of tension in the skin will affect where the scar "settles in." Plastic surgeons try to take this into account in...
No. The C-section scar is HIGHER and has no value for aesthetics. Your c-section incision is immaterial to your ultimate result for your abdominoplasty ( tummy tuck) . The scar would be MUCH LOWER, like just before your pubic area. You will look much better with repair of your muscles and removal of your excess skin. Hip to hip scar is RELATIVELY immaterial.
All the best,
Talmage J. Raine MD FACS
The scar for a Tummy Tuck is positioned slightly different for each patient depending on the anatomy and your specific needs. As undergarment and bathing suit styles and preferences have changed, the optimal location for a discreet tummy tuck scar has also changed. The goal is to place the scar where it is most likely to heal well, where it will not restrict too many clothing options and to be as short as possible.
There is some similarity with a "C-section" scar in...
It is important to place the tummy tuck scar as low as possible. This makes the scar easier to conceal, especially in a bikini. Bringing your favorite bathing suit or underwear to show your surgeon can help assure the scar is placed in the right place. Unlike a c-section scar, tummy tuck scars are typically longer and this must be adjusted as necessary to keep it hidden.
The tummy tuck incision will excise your old c-section scar and replace it. You appear to have healed well from your c-section scar, so, it may be assumed that you will heal well from your tummy tuck scar. The tummy tuck scar is generally longer and may run nearly from hip to hip, but the results are generally dramatic. Abdominoplasty is one of the highest satisfaction surgeries in all of plastic surgery.
Your tummy tuck incision would be made at a level slightly below you C-S scar so that the C-S scar would be removed. The scar may end up slightly higher than your C-S scar, because the effect of the tummy tummy tuck pulls the upper tissues downwards, but also pulls the mons pubis skin up (usually only slightly). The bottom line is that the tummy tuck scar will still be quite low, and certainly lower than the bikini line.
Women who have a c-section scar are generally happy with the tummy tuck scar. In most cases the c-section scar can be incorporated into the tummy tuck scar if the c-section scar is in a good location, although the scar will be longer, going from hip to hip. The scar should be placed so that it is hidden in a bikini or panties. Another advantage of the Tummy Tuck is a lot of stretch marks will be removed.
The difference in Abdominal scar from tummy tuck compared to c-section scar
Typically, the abdominal scar from a tummy tuck is placed lower than c-section scar. This is not always possible. There are also different forces at work. In a c-section the skin goes from tight (prior to delivery) to loose after delivery. However, in a tummy tuck the opposite is true. The skin goes from loose to tight.
We often encounter a past C-section scar in candidates for a tummy tuck, and our preference is a low scar at the level of the C-section as this area is most easily concealed by clothing. The tummy tuck scar is typically longer that the the C-section scar by two thirds, and will run low and hip to hip.
Best of luck,
In most instances and in yours (thanks for posting the photo) the incision or scar will be more than double a C-section scar. Yes from hip to hip. Hope this helps from MIAMI Dr. Darryl J. Blinski, 305 598 0091
Tummy tuck scar is not the same as a c-section scar
A tummy tuck scar, for you, based on your photo, would be longer than your c-section scar. I do think your c-section scar could be removed, though, based on the amount of loose skin you have, so you would end up with one longer scar at the level of your c-section scar.
I find that women who have a tummy tuck with a previous C-section scar do as well as those without a previous scar. There is significant pubic sagging and this allows for placing the abdominoplasty scar bellow the C-section scar. Even if one has a vertica C-section scar, this gets removed with an abdominoplasty. Yes, the tummy tuck incision is usually longer than a C-section incision. Your plastic surgeon has to take out the excess lateral skin to give you a good contour. Would you...
Your Tummy Tuck Scar is similar in position, but not length, to a C-section scar
Generally C-section scars are placed farily low on your abodmen, so that when you're wearing low-cut jeans, or even a bikini bottom, you should not be able to see the incision. A tummy tuck scar can be placed higher or lower, but usually I try to incorporate the existing C-section scar into the tummy tuck scar.
A tummy tuck scar is generally a lot longer than a C-section scar. The tummy tuck scar extends from the edge of the pelvic bone to the other to tighten as much...
The scar from a tummy tuck is similar to the scar from a C-section, although it may sometimes be a bit longer depending on the length of the C-section scar. In fact, I always try to incorporate a C-section scar into the TT incision when one is present.
Abdominoplasty scars usually in the same location as C-section scar
The goal of a well-designed abdominoplasty is usually to keep the scar low so it can be concealed by a swimsuit or panties, so when there is an existing C-section scar in a good location we go through it. The scar will be longer though because a football-shaped area of skin up to the belly button has to be removed. This means that the upper abdominal skin has to stretch all the way down to where the final scar will be.
The fact you already have a C-section scar may or may not limit your tummy tuck options. Ideally you would want just one scar but depending on what your goals are, your surgeon might or might be able to use your C-section scar. What you want to avoid is to have two incisions parallel to,and in close proximity to, each other
Tummy Tuck Scar - Is It Similar to C-Section Scar?
Regarding: "Tummy Tuck Scar - Is It Similar to C-Section Scar? Would my scar be hip to hip and as low as my C-section scar?"
Your C-section scar is rather irregular and raised. Your Tummy Tuck scar would remove the present C-section scar, be just at that level and extend as far to the sides as is needed to remove all the loose skin overhanging it. Because Plastic surgeons are detail obsessed and close their wounds with care, most such scars heal very nicely.