I am 10 weeks (to the day) post op. My recovery has been difficult as I had internal bleeding and was admitted to the hospital 6 days post op with an hgb of 6.6, where I required a 2 unit blood trans and a second surgery. Overall, I'm comfortable with the tightness of my abdomen, but not my scar placement. So, my 2 questions are: can I expect my scar to fade enough that I can be comfortable in a bikini? and Can my scar be lowered? I do not know why my surgeon placed the incision where he did.
Tummy Tuck Scar Placement, Can if be Lowered? (photo)
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Too high a scar from a tummy tuck
Was your surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon or someone else? I would like to know - and you can email me this info.
Regarding your scar, it indeed is way too high. Though it should fade with time, it will be permanent and still apparent.
I would give this around a year for full maturation. It may or may not be able to be lowered slightly but unlikely to be enough to hide in the bikini line. You may want to consider another surgeon for this - and a reputable board certified plastic surgeon.
Tummy Tuck Scar Revision?
Thank you for the question.
Yes your scar will fade with time and yes I think your scar is too high. I would suggest waiting at least one year before considering revisionary surgery to lower the scar. How much this scar can be lowered will depend upon tissue laxity above and below the incision line.
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Lowering a tummy tuck scar
I am sorry for your complicated recovery and disappointment.You will need to wait at least 6 months to a year for the scar to fade, and I would wait that long to do a revision with massages to help loosen the skin in preparation for the revision. I have revised several patients with this appearance, and it is actually harder to do than an un-operated tummy, so it is more costly. The scar can be lowered some but it means a complete redo of the skin portion of the procedure, and you will end up with a scar from the belly button site. Plus the scar will be longer. Your belly button could be made smaller during the revisional surgery, too. I would seek an opinion about the revisional procedure from a board certified plastic surgeon who can show you examples of his work, and what you might be able to expect this time around.
Tummy tuck scar should be low
While I do not like to comment on the results of surgery by others, I do feel that your scar is quite high and so I understand your desire to have it placed lower. It should fade with time but surgically lowering it is very difficult after the original abdominoplasty unless the skin of the lower abdomen can be expanded.
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