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?

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Tummy Tuck Scar Location

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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 help smooth out the waist contour so you do not have "dog ears" of excess skin at your waist, your surgeon may add liposuction to your waist and or extend your scar to the waist (extended tummy tuck).  Remember, the basic principle applies to all tummy tuck procedures - you must accept some degree of scar to achieve that better form.   Fortunately that scar will be placed as low as possible to get your bikini ready. 

Tummy Tuck and C-Section Scar

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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 the planning of the incision to get a final result with a scar low enough to be covered by under garments or swimsuit.

Review this with your plastic surgeon who can give you an estimation of the final position of the scar.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews


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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

Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck

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Your C-section scar is very low (from the photo), so if you have a tummy tuck, this will likely be a bit higher so that your abdomen could be closed nicely.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Tummy Tuck scar placements are unique

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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 that the scar is horizontal and is usually below most garment lines. The tummy tuck scar needs to be longer and will extend out toward your hips and sometimes beyond if there is more laxity present. The longer scar is required to achieve a smooth tailoring of the redundant skin as the tissue is stretched downward. Your surgeon should be able to show you approximately where your scar will be positioned and about how long it will be. For patients that already have a C-section scar, it is often possible to incorporate this scar into the tissue that is discarded during a tummy tuck.

Having a tummy tuck requires you to be comfortable with the scar on your lower abdomen in exchange for removing many of your stretch marks and loose skin.

Dr. Mosher

Mathew C. Mosher, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Keep tummy tuck scars as low as possible

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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.

Lawrence Iteld, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Tummy tuck scars

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Your tt scar would go hip to hip but would NOT be as low as your c-section scar because you are slender and don't have that much extra skin.  The result will still be nice!

Tummy tuck scar

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The tummy tuck scar is very similar to a c-section scar but goes from hip to hip in most instances. Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Tummy tuck scar

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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.

Jason Hess, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck scar location

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Dear brandiejm,

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.

Best regards,

Lawrence Tong MD FACS FRCSC

Lawrence Tong, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon

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