Undergoing a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, procedure eliminates excess fat in the abdominal region while tightening your stomach muscles in the process. The surgery involves an invasive incision in your lower abdomen that spans the length of your bikini line, leaving behind an unattractive scar. Although plastic and cosmetic surgeons attempt to minimize scarring, you may not be able to fully remove your tummy tuck scar after your incision has healed. However, some techniques may aid in healing your skin and decreasing the appearance of your scar.
Talk to your doctor about surgical scar revision. This method removes the scar by reconnects the unaffected skin, reducing the scars appearance. Surgical scar revision works best for long or wide scars, since the technique can thin or shorten the scar. Irregular incision lines, rather than a straight incision, is used to make a scar less noticeable. Wait six months to a year after surgery before attempting scar revision, recommends plastic surgeon Dr. York Yates.
Discuss punch grafts with your physician or surgeon. This procedure involves removing the scar from the skin by cutting a hole around it, explains the American Academy of Dermatology. The site of the scar is then replaced with unscarred skin, generally taken from an unnoticeable spot on the body, such as behind the ear. Healing time is approximately one week as the skin heals. A new scar may form, but the skin is smoother and less visible than deep scars.
Undergo laser treatment to remove the scar from your tummy tuck. The laser treatment process involves using a high-energy light to remove or reform skin damaged by a scar. The type of laser depends on the severity and depth of the scar. The procedure is costly and thick or raised scars need at least two treatments every few months.
Give yourself time to recover before focusing on the appearance of your scar. The healing process can take three to six months before the scar flattens or lightens in color, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Quit or avoid smoking two weeks before your tummy tuck surgery and until the incision heals properly. Smoking puts you at risk of developing complications or infection after the procedure. Complications or infections may slow the healing process and effect the appearance of scarring.
Cover your scar when spending time in the sun. Direct sunlight can cause dark discoloration to your scar while reducing the healing process. Always wear sunscreen or sun block of SPF 15 or higher when you are outside.