7 weeks p.o., the Board Certified PS should have made a vertical incision on me and lowered the scar placement. I'm very short waisted. I have 5.75" between center of BB and top of clitoral hood. Scar is 2.25 inches from center of BB. I have more mons than lower tummy. I look freakish. Laser hair removal not an option, too many grey hairs and stretch marks. I'd like it to be lowered 1.25" minimally in the future! Will this be possible? I'm 54, 5'7" 132 lbs.
Tummy Tuck scar too high, will a revision to lower it be possible for me in the future? (Photos)
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Tummy Tuck scar too high, will a revision to lower it be possible?
Tummy Tuck Scar Too High
As your healing progresses, you may find that your scar will lower itself once the upward stretching becomes less (imagine the skin above the scar trying to pull upwards) with time. This relaxation of the skin will allow the skin below the scar to pull down slightly thereby lowering your scar.
Patience is the most important (and most difficult) consideration going forward. I wish you all the best with the healing process.
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Lowering of tummy tuck scar.
Your scar, which appears high in the photos, can be revised after the tummy tuck has healed and all of the surgical scarring has softened.
You should discuss the benefits of a later scar revision with your plastic surgeon. I would suggest a wait of a minimum of 9 months to a year. During this time frame, the abdominal tissues will stretch and a revision will be more effective....
Too high a TT scar
TT scars should be as low as possible and as short as possible. Yes it is possible, but tricky, to lower TT scars somewhat. You are very early in recovery and often the scars will seem to lower a bit on their own. Be patoent and take good care of yourself. You may be just fine. My best, DR C
Difficult to Lower a TT Scar
The distance from the vulvar commissure to the scar can be decreased by several centimeters, but the distance from the umbilicus (belly button) to the scar can not be reasonably increased.
In order to achieve this, a full year at least needs to elapse between surgeries. This will allow your skin to stretch. I do not think that your ideal will be possible, but there is a way to improve the location of the scar. While it is high, it is not "freakish" as you describe. You will need to be creative with underwear and bathing suits, but the pattern of scar that you have is very common following breast reconstruction with abdominal tissue.
Tummy Tuck scar too high, will a revision to lower it be possible for me in the future?
I am sorry to hear about your concerns after tummy tuck surgery. Unfortunately, only time will tell whether there will be enough tissue laxity above and below the scar line to allow for revisionary surgery to lower the scar significantly. This time frame may be somewhere between 1 to 2 years.
Sometimes, especially for patients with a relatively short torso and/or minimal redundant abdominal wall skin, a short vertical scar is necessary ( in addition to the usual transverse tummy tuck scar). This vertical scar results from closure of the previous umbilical opening and prevents excessive tension upon closer in the midline of the tummy tuck incision line. If this vertical incision is not used, patients may end up with high scars, wound healing problems and/or wider scars.
High Incision is Tough to Lower
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