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Why is my Tummy Tuck Scar So Red?

So it has been six weeks since my mommy makover. My tummy tucks scar is so red and I was wondering if this will improve? I am most concerned about the vertical incision as it is more visible.

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Scar Healing after Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

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Thanks for posting the picture - it makes answering the question much more informative for other patients and allows us to give you more specific advice.  As stated by others, scars go through a natural progression.  I always tell patients to expect the scar to change over the first six week - at six to eight weeks, the scar may be the reddest and thickest.  Then, over the next six to 8 weeks the scar will mature and become softer, thinner and less red.  So, you are right at the point where it is expected that the scar is red.  You will be very surprised at how much the scar will improve over the next few months.  Talk to your surgeon about their recommendations, but many easy treatments include massage, placement of paper tape over the scar or silicone sheeting.  

 

Good Luck with your recovery.


New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Red Scar

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Scars naturally go through a period of maturation as different types of collagen (a Protein) is deposited in the scar. In addition, new blood vessels are growing into the scar often giving it a reddish color. The scar following a tummy tuck typically looks its worst at about 6 weeks following surgery, then starts to fade. The best methods of promoting good healing of the wound are to avoid exposing the scar to the sun, begin a massage program of the scar (I recommend using cocoa butter), and possibly  applying a silicone gel or patch to wound

Wilfred Brown, MD
Fairfield Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Changes in scars after a tummy tuck

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Looking at your photo, your scar looks as it should 6 weeks after surgery.  You appear to be healing well.  Scars go through many stages during the healing process.  Full scar maturation takes 6-12 months, so there is a long way to go!  At around 6 weeks, all scars are at their reddest.  After that time, the scar color starts to slowly fade.  Things you can do to help improve the final appearance of your scar include protecting it from the sun, performing scar massage, and potentially using silicone gel products.  You can discuss all of these options with your plastic surgeon.

Naveen Setty, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Scar maturation after tummy tuck

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Don't worry. you are only six weeks after surgery.  And based on your photo, it looks like you are healing well.  Talk to your plastic surgeon about scar massage therapy.  Use sun block and sun screen.  Remember, it takes months for scars to mature and fade (6-12 months). Hope this helps.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 114 reviews

Scar from tummy tuck is as expected and not concerning

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Full scar maturation such as from a tummy tuck can require up to a year. At around 8 - 12 weeks the redness will start subsiding. The scar that you have (as seen in your helpful photo) is as expected and is not abnormal.

If you are not already doing so, you may want to inquire of your plastic surgeon about using a scar treating agent like silicone gel or even sheeting as these can help you obtain the best possible scar, everything else being equal.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Red tummy tuck scar

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All scars go through maturation and remodeling process over a course of one year.  Normally immature scars are red (hyperpigmented).  During the maturation period, you want to protect the scar, ie. avoid sun.  Being exposed to sun will make the scar more red.  When you wear a bathing suit (even if the scar is under the bathing suit), make sure that you apply sun screen.

Sugene Kim, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Why are the tummy tuck scars red?

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Scars will actually get redder and firmer for the first 6-8 weeks.  They will slowly improve over the following 12 months.  This can be helped by sun avoidance and silicone sheeting if you are so inclined.

Neal Goldberg, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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