It may take several months for a tummy tuck patient’s scars to soften, for sensation to return, and for relaxing of the tight sensation in the abdomen. In the case of extensive surgery, abdominoplasty recovery can be uncomfortable and may take longer. Scars may stay red, become thick or widen. It can take 12-18 months for the scars to settle.
These can be improved with topical treatments such as BioCorneum, Scar Guard, Scar Fade and Mederma. Redness can be improved with laser treatments and the scars can be kept narrow with products such as Embrace. Scars may widen or continue to be red and elevated. These may require laser treatment or injection with kenalog and 5-FU. On occasion, keloids or hypertrophic scars can develop and will need treatment including Kenalog, 5FU and laser.
Now, if you are wishing for a revision it would be best to contact your surgeon to first make sure that healing is going well and then make sure you wait long enough for a revision procedure. Revision surgery is unusual but may be desired for several reasons. Most revisions should be done after 9-12 months. One cause for revision surgery are “dog ears” at the ends of the incisions. These are small folds of excess skin that do not flatten over time. They can be excised, suctioned or both. Excision and reclosure may help some scars as needed. Other treatments are available as well.