Will a C-Section Scar Be Removed When a Tummy Tuck is Performed?
C-section scars can leave the abdomen appearing damaged, with a depression and tissue overhanging the scar, creating a shelf-like look. When planning to undergo a tummy tuck, surgical planning is critical. Removing and smoothing away a C-section scar should be part of your tummy tuck.
Planning a tummy tuck: Incision placement for C-section scar
At Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, we typically make a new incision below the previous C-section scar in order to remove the old scar completely. This allows the new scar to be easily hidden even when wearing revealing underwear or bikini bottoms.
Tummy tuck scarring
Occasionally the distance from the previous bellybutton site to the level of the C-section scar may require placing a small vertical incision at the central lower abdominal midline to resolve an unsightly bump. This incision creates a T juncture in at the center of the abdominoplasty scar. It is usually quite small and easily concealed beneath your clothing.
Tightening abdominal muscles
A portion of your procedure will involve tightening your abdominal musculature to create a flatter appearance. If you have excess fat and loosened abdominal muscles, these issues can be resolved in your custom tummy tuck.
We see our patients becoming inspired to exercise and diet to lose additional weight postoperatively due to the time and money that they invested in altering the body, and the desire to achieve an even better result.
Combination body sculpting treatments
A breast reduction, lift, or augmentation can be performed at the same time as the abdominoplasty. Liposuction of the back, love handles, and thighs can be performed to create a more sculpted figure. When a tummy tuck is combined with other procedures, it is commonly called a “Mommy Makeover,” but is available to everyone who needs it – not just mothers!