Tummy tuck scar revision is becoming more frequent. One of the most common side effects of having a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) is scarring. This is especially true if someone undergoes a full abdominoplasty, which will create a scar from hip to hip. Most of the time, the incision scar is hidden below the bikini line. For some people, though, the complete desired effect of having a tummy tuck is not complete until a tummy tuck scar revision procedure is performed to minimize the look of the scar. Like most types of scar revision, tummy tuck scar revision makes use of a variety of cosmetic and surgical techniques. All of these techniques are designed to hide the scar in a better location, even out the color and smoothness of the skin at the incision site, eliminate as much of the scar as possible.
One of the more frequent tummy tuck scar revision methods used is chemical peel. The technique is designed to dissolve excess scar tissue through a chemical process. The procedure is also effective in evening out color in the surrounding skin.
Steroid injections and dermal filler are also an effective tummy tuck scar revision method. Steroid injection can help to reduce the size of scars. Dermal filler injection can help to smooth out the contour of scars. Laser scar revision for tummy tucks has really gained popularity in recent years. The technique makes use of laser light to burn away small layers of the scar tissue. Laser surgery is very precise, so it’s less likely to cause any damage to surrounding tissue. Laser revision is also good at evening out the color of scar tissue. The procedure is considered very safe and patients experience very few side effects after surgery.
Tummy tuck scar revision may ultimately require surgery. This is very true for deep, large scars. If scar tissue develops abnormally, you might also need to consider a surgical option. Surgical tummy tuck scar revision makes use of state of the art micro surgery techniques, flap revision techniques, and multi layer closing procedures to eliminate deep scars, to cause tissue to heal normally, and even to move scars to new locations, to make them less obvious. As you might expect, having a secondary surgery will be a more expensive option, but it might be the only real option. You will need to consult with the person who did your original tummy tuck, to see what option might work best for you.
The surgeon who performed your tummy tuck might not feel qualified to do the tummy tuck scar revision, so they might refer you on. But starting your evaluation with a follow up visit to your tummy tuck surgeon makes a lot of sense.