I imagine that you can have tummy tuck scars hidden below your underpants but is this true? can i wear a bikini 1 year after tummy tuck?
Tummy Tuck Scars
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Tummy tuck scar.
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When the skin of the tummy tuck is pulled down and tightened the pubic skin and the scar will generally tend to rise. Because of this I always make my incisions as low as possible in the bathing suit or bikini line. A mini tummy tuck is under less tension so it will not tend to rise as much. Full tummy tuck has much more tension.
Bring the bikini that you wish to wear with you on the day of surgery so that your surgeon can mark you in your bathing suit. While it is possible that you may need a taller underwear or bathing suit in the future bringing the garment you want to wear will be the best road map for your surgeon.
Generally the bellybutton incision is more visible because it lies above the bathing suit or bikini line. I always favor small belly buttons because they are less obtrusive.
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Tummy tuck scars
There are however many factors contribute to the final appearance of a scar after tummy tuck. For example, some patients are prone to develop keloid or hypertrophic scars despite the surgeon's best efforts. Some patients will develop superficial separations of the incision line, depending on the quality of the skin present (for example, stretched marked skin may not “hold” sutures as well as skin with normal thickness dermis).
On the other hand, the surgeon may be able to control the quality of the scar with attention to certain technical details. For example, it is important to take as much tension off the final layer of closure as possible- if tension is taken off the superficial layer (by using deep sutures) the incision may heal with a finer line scar. Avoiding excessive excision of skin may also help avoid tension upon closure of the suture line.
The use of silicone-based products (creams or sheeting) may also be helpful in achieving the best scars possible.
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Tummy tuck scars
Depending on the individual, it is ideal to have as low a scar as possible, so that it hides in a bikini brief. In most average patients, this is achieved. There is also an inconspicuous scar around the belly button. Wearing a bikini and looking natural and attractive is common in one year, many patients can wear a bikini much sooner. It varies depending on an individual's inherent healing ability, swelling, physique, and tissue tone.
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Placement of the tummy tuck scar is dependent on your individual anatomic characteristics including abdominal girth, truncal height, umbilicus position, and the presence of stretch marks.
Discuss the position of your incision with your surgeon early in the consultation phase of an abdominoplasty procedure. One great idea is to bring along your bikini to the examination to define your ideas for incision placement.
Tummy Tuck Scars. Hidden?
5 Important points about Tummy Tuck Incisions and Scars
1. You should be able to wear a bikini within a couple of months of your procedure. But bring your swimsuit in to your surgeon. If you wear a low bikini you will want a low flatter incision. If you wear a high-thigh cut one piece, you may want it to curve up higher.
2. The belly button is the tell-tale sign of a bad tummy tuck. Make sure your surgeon spends extra time in this area to sculpt out the fat and tack down the skin to create a very pleasing "brazilian" navel not a "hole on a board".
3. Make sure your surgeon has a lot of patient pictures to show you exactly where the incsion will lie and what it will look like.
4. Make sure your surgeon has all the tools to heal as quickly and as well as possible: little tension on closure, avoiding infection, and healing creams available.
5. Avoid sun exposure for a year. This doesn't mean you can't go to the beach, just cover the specific areas.
Bikini tummy tuck can hide your scars beneath the bikini line
If you only have loose skin below your belly button, then a mini tummy tuck called the bikini tummy tuck can be done which places the incision beneath your bikini line. I actually have patients bring the bikini or underwear to the OR so my incision can be planned in the appropriate place.
If you have loose skin in the upper and lower abdomen and need a full abdominoplasty your lower incision will be larger and there will be a visible incision around your belly button.
Tummy Tuck Scars
Any time you have an incision to perform a surgery, there will be a resulting scar. The way this scar will look depends on a number of factors.
The typical abdominoplasty scar is low across the abdomen, from hip to hip, as well as around your belly button.
Depending on your anatomy, you may have a shorter vertical scar between your belly button and the transverse scar from the area where your belly button used to be. Ask your plastic surgeon if you might expect this scar from your tummy tuck.
Your plastic surgeon will mark your planned incision prior to surgery so this is an optimum time to discuss the anticipated position of the scar as you heal.
Tummy tuck scars - they can be excellent
Careful pre-op planning, attention to detail and a few surgical maneuvers can deliver an excellent, well-hidden tummy tuck scar. I often draw out the eventual scar on the patient at the time of the consultation to show her where it will lie post-op. The patient can then decide if she wants the scar to be adjusted, within the limits of what is technically possible.
Although most patients want a very low scar, if there is a lot of laxity in the pubic area a very low incision can create a lot of tension which will pull the pubic region too far upwards post-op. The use of anchoring sutures in the pubis can prevent this. The use of quilting sutures during surgery can also create a more predicatble scar, as well as reducing the risk of a seroma.
Most board-certified plastic surgeons with experience in tummy-tuck surgery are able to create an esthetically pleasing scar, placed in a well-hidden position according to the patient's desires. In my clinic in Montreal tummy-tuck surgery is the most common one that I perform and the patients are among my happiest. The resulting scar is almost never an issue as it is completely overshadowed by the flat, firm abdomen that results from this surgery.
Tummy Tuck scar must fit your OWN personal style
The day of a tummy tuck, all of my patients bring their favorite panty or bikini, This allows me to design the tummy in multiple different poses to make sure that the tummy tuck scar will always be hidden when the patient wears their favorite clothes.
The ultimate design and placement of the scar is my patient's choice. Some women prefer French cut biknis that ride high on the hips and accentuate their thighs. Other women, especially here in South Florida, enjoy wearing very small and low bikinis and jeans. A well designed tummy tuck will fit the patient's own personal fashion sense and lifestyle.
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