C-Section Scar and Tummy Tuck Scar Placement

Will my C-section Scar Be Replaced by a Tummy Tuck Scar or Will I Have 2 Scars? (My c-section scar is at my bikini line.)

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Usually A Tummy Tuck Uses The Same Scar As An Existing C-Section Scar

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When a c-section scar exists, the goal with a tummy tuck is to use the same scar if possible. Most of the time this is possible so you should end up with just a single scar. However, it is likely that this new single scar will be at a slightly higher position than where it is now. Unless it is a mini-tummy tuck, the tension on closure from a full tummy tuck will pull the final scar higher and place the pubic area on a little bit of stretch and make it vertically longer. In some cases with a highly positioned belly button, a full tummy tuck may have to have the incision/scar placed above an existing c-section scar.

C-section scar and tummy tuck

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C-section scars are generally removed completely with tummy tuck procedures.   please visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about your options.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and C-section Scar

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In my practice, the c-section scar is always removed during a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty and placed at the same level or even lower. The ideal is to have your tummy tuck scar easily hidden by underwear, bikini, or low riding jeans. 

C section and tummy tuck scar

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Usually the incision for tummy tuck is placed just below the horizontal c section scar which effectively removes that scar with discarded skin, creating only one scar in the lower abdomen at the bikini line.

Tummy tuck will replace the C-section scar

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The C-section scar is placed right at the bikini line and is just where the tummy tuck scar should go. After your procedure, you should have just the single scar from tummy tuck which will replace the C-section scar.

Best of luck,


Scars after tummy tuck

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Most commonly the c-section scar will be removed during a tummy tuck.  You should, therefore, have only one lower abdominal scar after a tummy tuck.

Delio Ortegon, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Scar after Tummy Tuck and C-Section

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The abdominoplasty scar almost always replaces the C-Section scar. This is true for your transverse scar and also for vertical scars as long as they do not extend above the belly button.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

C-section scar and a tummy tuck

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Plastic Surgeon attempt to keep the tummy tuck scar as low as possible, and involve the previous scars (such as a c-section scar whenever possible).  It would be helpful to see pictures of your abdomen and where exactly the c-section scar is.  In some circumstances the c-section scar is very low and cannot be incorporated.  In some instances it can be incorporated only if a small vertical scar is added.  This vertical scar tends to heal very nicely and most people don't even see it, thus it is a great option.


Martin Jugenburg, MD

C-Section Scar and Tummy Tuck Scar Placement

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I try to incorporate both into one scar. But this at times could be impossible. A photo posted could help advise. From MIAMI 

C-section and tummy tuck scars

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I have never seen a traditional c-section scar that is not removed with a tummy tuck.  When you are examined by your plastic surgeon make sure to bring this to his/her attention.  Most of the time plastic surgeons are trying to keep the incision nice an low.

Best Wishes

Dr. Peterson

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon

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