Is it likely that the skin above the vertical aspect of my TT scar will flatten? (Photo)
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Vertical Skin Excess Above Tummy Tuck Scar
Lower abdominal bulge is a vertical dog ear after inverted-T abdominoplasty incision.
I would suggest waiting before dog ear excision, as the final total length (extension upwards toward the umbilicus) will be diminished. Proceeding with this revision now is just as easy as later, but will likely yield a longer scar, or yet another trip to the operating room for a "minor" revision again.
And that vertical scar is the one most hated by tummy tuck patients, since this operation is done to allow showing the abdomen in a two-piece bathing suit or crop top and low-cut jeans. Bulge or scar--to my eyes, both are less than ideal.
One other option would be to consider waiting till the scar softens and matures completely (6-12-months), after which any residual bulge may possibly corrected via localized liposuction and a tiny incision at the top, extending the incision only by a small(er) amount.
Don't be in too much of a rush. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen