Tummy Tuck - Belly Button Scar. Any suggestions? (photos)
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Actually there's still time of recovery for you so the scar might improve considerably, try to continue the massages and the correct care, maybe speak to your surgeon about it to see if there's any extra medication for you to use and improve the looks of your scars.
Best of lucks.....
4 months post op. some advices:
At this point (4months post-po) the swelling have to be minimal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-
Tummy Tuck - Scar Care?
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Another related scar process is the keloid scar. This has many similarities with the hypertrophic scar but is less predictable. It differs from the hypertrophic scar in that it grows beyond the original incision or wound. Keloid scarring is more difficult to treat and can go on causing problems for years. Keloid is more common at certain sites around the body and in African American skin.
On balance without having examined you I think the scar in the photograph looks more like a hypertrophic scar than keloid but time may prove otherwise. If it is hypertrophic I would anticipate that it may thicken further but not dramatically and then slowly soften and flatten over a year or two. Then end result would then not look all that different from where it is now. So hopefully you will remain very happy.
There is some evidence that silicone gel applied to the scar may encourage maturation of the scar.
As always you are best advised to seek advice from a suitably trained and experienced plastic surgeon.
Belly Button Scar
After your #tummytuck surgery, your #abdominoplasty scars including the one around the #bellybutton will continue to settle for a full year after surgery.
If you have major concerns about your results, please contact your #BoardCertified #PlasticSurgeon for an in-person consultation.
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