I see your concern. The scar is irregular, and in a less than optimal position. The umbilicus is similiarly, suboptimal in its outcome.
I believe it will be fairly easy to improve the navel. The transverse scar is another story. You will need to wait until the skin is no longer tight. Secondly, the scar beneath the skin/fat will reduce the amount that the skin can be pulled down.
My opinion is that the scar can be revised and straightened, and maybe even brought down a bit, but it will likely always be higher than ideal.
High Scar From Tummy Tuck
First I'm sorry to see such a scar. There really is no reason to put the incision this high. As far as correcting it it's almost impossible. It's difficult to see the scar but it may be possible to redo it and decrease the appearance. This should be possible for belly button as well.
But scar revisions are not perfect. I think you would get an improvement but it will never be perfect.
Unhappy with abdominoplasty scar
It seems as though your scar is in fact quite high. Since you are only one year out from your procedure and describe that your abdomen skin is very tight, it would be quite impossible to lower your scar at this time. I agree that lasers can help improve the coloration and thickness of the scar. Once the skin loosens, you will certainly be a candidate for a revision.
In terms of the belly-button, if there is a little looseness to the skin just around the belly button, it would be possible to revise that scar. I'm sorry that this procedure has impacted you in a negative way and hope that you will be able to get some correction soon. Good luck Kendall.
Your scars are indeed suboptimal in position and character. Revision tummy tuck is an option to improve the scars, but you would need to wait until the abdominal wall skin relaxes more before considering this. Also, your tattoo would need to be at least partially removed. The belly button scar could be revised at any time. Good luck!
The tightness you feel means there is no extra skin that would allow you to revise the surgery and maybe move the scar down slightly. So the scar is locked in. The belly button looks odd because of the hole that was cut in the skin to bring it out. Maybe it could be revised a bit if there is any laxity around it.
Unfortunately, your incision line is quite high on your abdomen. With the tautness of your skin, it would be impossible to lower your scar. However, your incision is still red and this can potentially be treated with a V Beam laser. If the redness was gone the scar may become inconspicuous. Regarding your belly button, it is possible to revise it to give it a more natural look.
Your scar does look rather high and your skin looks quite tight. That said, I think it would be rather difficult to surgically lower the scar.
Lowering a high tummy tuck scar (abdominoplasty)
It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to lower your scar at this point. There are some options but these are not practical. This would involve a multiple procedures with an initial stage of placement of a tissue expander to stretch the skin immediately above the scar (similar to pregnancy) and create sufficient laxity to remove the scar and place it at a lower location.
With Time Revision May Be Possible
pictures demonstrate a relatively high abdominal incision with associated
distortion of the umbilicus.In addition
your incision is asymmetric and somewhat irregular.
Unfortunately, this is a difficult
problem to fix, especially in the presence of tight abdominal skin.With time your skin may relax, under these
circumstances a revision may be a consideration.This might result in improvement of the
umbilical contour.It might also improve
the contour and symmetry of your scar.This procedure might lower your scar, but it would still be
significantly higher then what is usually seen following an abdominoplasty
It’s appropriate to discuss these
issues with your plastic surgeon.Hopefully, these types of changes will be enough to make your current
situation more acceptable.
Thank you for your post. It is not common for surgeons to anchor the lower incision to the fascia or covering of the abdominal muscles to keep the scar low, however, I do use this technique and agree with it. All the tension on the incision is from above, not below, and thus the scar tends to move toward the area of maximal tension (towards the ribs/bellybutton). This moves the scar higher than desired. I like to keep my scars very low, and feel that anchoring the scar helps accomplish this. The following photo is an example of this.