Is It Possible to Remove C-section Scar Without a Tummy Tuck?

I have a c-section scar and 4 inches of skin on top of it that I wouldlike to get rid of. It's only a small roll but it bothers me. I don't want a mini tummy tuck. I just like to get that part of skin cut away, is that possible?

Doctor Answers 8

Full Tummy Tuck Likely Your Answer

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Your pictures suggest the presence of significant amounts of redundant abdominal skin, weakened abdominal muscles, fat accumulation, stretch marks and a C-section scar.Under these circumstances, the procedure that would provide the best aesthetic result is a full abdominoplasty.Despite this, we frequently see patients who elect to take compromise positions for a variety of reasons.
In your case, you would like your scar and four inches of the surrounding tissue removed.By definition this constitutes a mini-abdominoplasty.Unfortunately, this procedure would minimally impact your abdominal aesthetics.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to totally remove a C-section scar.Even when abdominoplasty surgery is performed, the scar is typically replaced with a new scar.In some cases, a simple scar revision can improve the position, quality, and contour of the scar without an abdominoplasty.
Since you’re concerned about the appearance of your abdomen and previous scars, it’s appropriate to consult a board certified plastic surgeon.This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your aesthetic goals and anatomic findings.

Fixing a C-section scar without a tummy tuck

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It is possible to perform a revision of the C-section scar and limited liposuction to the area just above it. However, this combination of surgeries is very close to what a mini tummy tuck would entail. Your best bet is to be evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon is a great deal of experience in abdominoplasty and scar revision. They will be able to review your options with you and help you decide if you only need this limited combination or if you would benefit from a mini tummy tuck. It is possible to perform a small mini tummy tuck and limit the incision to just beyond the length of your C-section scar.

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C-section scar removal

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It is possible to simply remove your C-section scar without any type of abdominoplasty. Judging by your photographs however doesn't seem as though it would do enough to make it worth your while. You seem to have a great deal of loose skin in your lower abdomen. An abdominoplasty would make a significant difference.

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John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Scar revision

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It is possible but the improvement would be limited. This would involve a more extensive scar revision.

Scar revision = mini tummy tuck

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You can certainly request any procedure you want but to some degree it comes down to semantics. There is very little difference between a scar revisions and a mini tummy tuck. Removing 4 inches of skin amounts to 10 cm which is a substantial amount of skin, About the only difference is avoiding the muscle repair plus or minus liposuction. So you are essentially having a skin only mini tummy tuck or a c-section scar revision.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Scar revision

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A discussion with yoru surgeon is of course important.  Certainly if this is all you want it can be done but a more pleasing aesthetic result probably would require a more involved procedure.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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What you want IS a kind of mini tummy tuck.

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Hi!  The C section scar and the overhanging roll above it can be easily corrected under local anesthesia and a little sedation. Nothing else needs to be done.  It doesn't really matter what you call the procedure.  You can call it a big scar revision.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Glorified scar revision

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This will be a glorified scar revision but it is possible. This roll could be removed under local anaesthesia. You scar will have to be longer to be able to remove the the whole length of the roll.

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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