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What Can I Do About the BB Scar from the TT?

I have had a TT 7wks ago.I am curious as to why I have a scar around the BB.I didn't expect it to be so noticeable.My doc says Laser will help it to fade quicker.I want to wear a swimsuit this season but it most definitely will be too obvious to do so.I was unaware due to seeing online pics that there was a scar around the BB.Does this happen every time?Also if you do not like the new BB shape what can be done?Mine is now oval instead of round.He wants me to wait a while b4 making any decisions.

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Scar

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Scar therapy in the interim is a good idea. It takes 9-12 months for the redness to subside. Waiting has a clear advantage. The shape may change as well


Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Hello

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Having a scar around your BB for a tummy tuck is norma the only time you wont have a scar is if you had a mini tuck. Time will make it fade, but you can also use medical grade products to help improve it faster. Scar guard and other products are good. You should do some research in that.

 

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

What Can I Do About the BB Scar from the TT?

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A photo would help us make more useful responses to your question.

 

Most of the time there is a scar around the navel. Exceptions are when the patient has a mini-tummy tuck, which is seldom a good option. This only treats the lower half of the abdomen, and most TT patients have a problem over the entire abdomen. Occasionally, it may be advisable to move the navel to a lower location, but again it is an unusual patient for whom this is a good option. I would guess that 90 % of TT patients have an incision around the navel. 

Seven weeks is way to early to think about a revision. The incision will mature and improve over the course of a year. Doing an operation now will just set the clock back by a couple of months. In terms of shape, I would not guess without a photo to look at.

Thanks for your question, best wishes. Stay in communication with your surgeon.

 

 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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I am sorry about your frustration with your belly button scar.    There are alot of options out there to improve the scar, but first and foremost we must give your body time to fully heal.  

At 7 weeks, you are far too early to consider anything more than silicone based treatments and massage therapy.     With time, this will help the scar lighten and hide better.

 

In the event that you build up significant scar tissue, you may require a steroid injection or scar revision.   I would give it 4-6 months before making those recommendations.

 

I wish you a safe and healthy recovery!!!

 

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At seven weeks postop, your scar is in the inflammatory stage and it is too early to assess whether it is problematic. I would not rush into any procedure. Additionally, you should not expose your abdomen to the sun as this will impede healing.

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