After getting an abdominoplasty surgery, you might have a tummy tuck belly button scar. Please read more if you are concerned about belly scars after abdominoplasty.
What is a tummy tuck operation?
As people get older, the muscles tend to become loose. This is especially true for muscles that are flexed and used all the time. The abdominal area is very prone to this problem, and after childbirth for women, it is very difficult and almost impossible for the skin and muscles to go back to their original form. This is where the surgical procedure called a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can help. This cosmetic procedure is used to make the abdomen firmer. The surgery focuses on getting rid of any fat and loose skin around the area.
What do the scars look like?
The type and number of scars you will have will all depend on the type of tummy tuck you choose to get. There are several types of tummy tuck surgeries which all have different types of incisions, this means they will all have scars that would look a little different from each other.
Full tummy tuck. This procedure would involve a long incision that extends from hip to hip. A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is also considered to be a full tummy tuck procedure and it would have two extra incisions that run beside the belly button.
Mini tummy tuck. There is a misconception with this procedure’s scarring because of the word “mini”. The length of the scar will depend on the amount of the skin that needs to be taken off. The difference is that there is no scar around the belly button with a mini tummy tuck.
Reverse tummy tuck. The scars that would result from this procedure would be under the breasts and near the top of the abdomen. Many people would opt for this type of surgery, but the scars may have a chance to be seen while the woman is wearing a swimsuit.
How to minimize scarring
The good news is that there are ways on how you can minimize the tummy tuck belly button scars.
Follow the care instructions given to you. There is a reason why your surgeon will give you a set of instructions to follow. Follow the recommended diet to make sure that you don’t eat anything that can inhibit or slow down the healing process of your surgical site.
Use a scar cream. When the scar is almost healed, you can ask your doctor about scar creams you can use to lighten the scars and make them less visible.
Make sure to moisturize your skin. Skin will always heal faster if it is well moisturized and healthy.
Avoid too much exposure to the sun. Avoid getting your scars sun-tanned because this can darken the scars and make them more visible. This will continue to be true even after the scars have healed.
Avoid irritating the scar while it is healing. Let the healing process take its natural course. Do not be tempted to scratch the scar or peel of any type of scab that is forming on the scar. This will not only make the healing process slow down but it will also make the scar more obvious.