Can a High Scar from Tummy Tuck Be Lowered?

Hi. I had my tummy tuck 2 yrs ago although it has healed fine. The scar is high and I was wondering, can’t it be lowered? And is there a reason that some people have high scars?

Doctor Answers 7

High Tummy Tuck scar can be lowered

The placement of tummy tuck scars vary from surgeon to surgeon and also, patient to patient. If your scar is too high, it is usually possible to lower it. It can be lowered in the middle without extending the scar. But if the sides are too high, the scar needs to be extended somewhat to lower it. The procedure generally takes only 30 minutes or so, and the recovery is much easier than the original abdominoplasty.

I hope this helps!

Folsom Plastic Surgeon
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Lowering a tummy tuck scar

It is possible to lower a tummy tuck depending on the softness of the skin in the area of your scar. I would recommend waiting one year after your original tummy tuck surgery to attempt lowering it. This is done at the level of the skin, no muscle involvement is required, therefore your recovery is easier. The scar can still migrate upward slightly overtime, so the improvement may be mild at best; depending on how "high" it is to begin with.

Consult with one or more board certified plastic surgeons prior to scheduling this procedure.

William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Anchoring sutures

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.

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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High scars with tummy tuck

High scars generally occur because of the surgeon's desire to remove all stretch marks which typically are centered around the umbilicus. Once placed in a high position the scars are difficult to lower unless significant laxity has recurred allowing more excision of skin or the skin is stretched with a tissue expander.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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High abdomional scar

It may be possible to lower an abdominal scar tha you feel is a bit high, but if it was done recently, you may have to wait a year or so.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How to lower a high tummy Tuck scar

Tummy tucks are a very popular and effective way to contour the abdomen. In our practice, we work very closely with our patients before the surgery to help plan the position of their scar. When designing our tummy tuck, we use the patients smallest bikini to help position the scar in a location that will be least noticeable

in our practice, we commonly see patients who have received tummy tucks in who are not satisfied with the high position of their scars. The most important factor in fixing this scar position is the looseness of the abdominal skin. If there is enough laxity in the abdominal wall, you would benefit from a revision tummy tuck where this abdominal flap is lowered and the scar is replaced with a low scar in a less noticeable position.

To learn more about tummy tucks, see photos, and help you decide which one is best for you, please visit us at the link below:

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Each person has a diferent scar location

It is best for the surgeon to avoid a vertical scar on the abdomen from where the belly button has been incised and so if you don't have a lot of upper abdominal excess tissue, your scar will wind up higher than others. Unless you developed a significant amount of lax skin again, there is no way to lower it. It should continue to fade over the next 2-3 years until it is quite faint.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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