What determines the length and shape of a tummy tuck scar?

Does the length and shape of a tummy tuck scar depend on how much skin that has to be removed and muscle repair that has to be done?

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Tummy Tuck Scar

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The typical factor for the length of the scar depends on how much excess skin needs to be removed. The position is usually the same - below the bikini line. Generally if you are smaller with less loose skin the incision would not be as long as if there is a significant amount of loose skin. It is advised to see a plastic surgeon with a lot of experience in tummy tuck to discuss the incision placement in detail.

Scar on tummy tuck

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Hello. Tummy tucks are removal of skin and fat so the longer the cut around the abdomen-- more skin is being removed. The muscle repair can be done without a long cut.   The shape of the scar should always be as then as possible. Good luck

Sanjay Lalla, MD, FACS
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Detemining length of TTscar?

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This is as with most questions on real self best answered by an examination and discussion with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. The redundancy, ie the fold of skin requiring excision is only part of what is considered in TT Surgery.  At what level on the pubis? Is there a need to extend the excision to minimize Dog ears? Is there an indication for a truncal lift? How is repositioning of the Belly button to be handled. I apologize for raising additional questions.It is my way of saying you are best served by seeking that evaluation by a Board Certied Plastic Surgeon. The simple answer is the scar will most often be as long as the fold of skin.

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What determines the length of tummy tuck scar

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Thank you for the question.   Your anatomy and the amount of loose skin and how far it extends laterally will determine the length of the scar, muscle tightening is not a factor and can be done regardless of the incision.     Usually these scars heal extremely well and the patients find the scar well worth the correction.   Best of luck

Ivor B. Kaplan, MD
Norfolk Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck scar length

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Yes, the tummy tuck scar length does depend on the extent of the skin excess. The more extra skin you have going out to the side, the longer the scar in order to adequately remove excess skin.

Arnold S. Breitbart, MD, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck scar placement, some advices:

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Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us.
It is very important to discuss with your plastic surgeon how will be the resultant scars after surgery.
In the Tummy Tuck the scarring is hidden in the panties line. You will change abdominal sagging skin, fat tissue and stretch marks by an aesthetically acceptable scar. 
Kind regards,
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

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Hello and thank you for your question. The position and length of the scar is somewhat dependent on your anatomy but also is highly dependent on the technique used by your surgeon.  There are techniques that can result in a short scar which is entirely below the bikini line.  I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck scar

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Yes- the scar depends upon your exam- where's the skin crease, how low and wide it is, etc.  The muscle repair can be done regardless of the incision.

Ideally, the scar is kept very low and not too wide so it can be hidden in low cut clothing.

An exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon is recommended to discuss your options and expectations.

Tummy tuck scar

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The shape and more so the length of the scar is determined by how far out the redundant skin goes out.  So if your skin laxity is localized to the middle of your abdomen, then your scar will be fairly short.  However, if it goes out all the way to the flanks, then the scar must go that far out as well.  Scars can usually be kept low and well-hidden, but the amount of skin to be removed determined the final length of the scar.  Good luck!

Elan B. Singer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Length of TT scar

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Yes you are correct, the amount of skin needed to be removed to get the area around the belly button down to the pubic region determines the amount of skin needed to be removed.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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