Tummy tuck scars
Abdominoplasty tummy tuck scars in wrong location
Often a picture is worth a thousand words.
This young patient came to see me after having had an abdominoplasty – tummy tuck surgery by another plastic surgeon. It’s not the first time I see this type of scar after a tummy tuck on a patient. Unfortunately it is far too common and worst of all, in many situations little can be done to fix it by any cosmetic plastic surgeon. The scar is just too high and the plastic surgery patient cannot cover it up even with larger style of panties.
Reasons why tummy tuck scars are too high
Easier surgery for surgeon
The sad fact is that some board certified plastic surgeons are lazy and do not wish to have any headaches with their surgical procedures even at the cost of a shoddy surgical result.
Placement of the tummy tuck scar high on the abdomen means that the surgeon has
- less work to do,
- the work he does perform is easier,
- the risk of any wound opening or scar disruption is less
- the patient will have less pain as there is less tension in the abdomen.
It also means that the patient will have
- a lesser result
- an unsightly scar forever.
2. Easier for the plastic surgery patient
The high scar means there is less tension on the wound and also a better blood supply. Unfortunately trying to get away with an easy surgery, less pain, and less risk, though something we all want, is not going to give you the result you want. In fact it will give you a result you will hate and regret. Not what we want plastic surgery to do for you!
Many plastic surgery patients who have been to doctors in other countries to have surgery will return with these types of tummy tuck scars. I cannot blame them. They have a medical tourist who is going to be around for a short period of time and who wants a quick fix. The plastic surgeon will not be there to give post-operative care and does not want any headaches- so, a high scar solves his problem. By the time the plastic surgery patient realizes where the scar is and that it cannot be hidden by normal panties, it is too late and the patient has long left the country.
In summary, for the best surgical results after a tummy tuck the scar should be as low as possible just above the pubic area. Though this may mean that scars may have some small disruption in the early post operative period, they can always be fixed later. The high abdominal scar can rarely be fixed if ever.