Shape of a tummy tuck scar
The shape of the tummy tuck scar is determined by several factors:
- Initial planning/drawing: Generally speaking, we will start by drawing a midline point in the pubic region, 6-10 cm away from the genital region. From that point, we will start with a gentle curve outward. When the pubic area ends and the thigh/abdomen region begins, Dr. Khalifeh will assess factors such as: skin thickness in abdomen and thigh/lower abdomen region, existing skin folds, amount of skin resection necessary, exsiting bony structure, and clothing fitting on the patient to try to determine the best course to take.
- Needless to say, there is a wide variety on the optimal course of planned incision between one patient and the other. Dr. Khalifeh is very experienced at maximizing results while minimizing the downside of scar positions. During the initial consult, you may ask him to draw your planned scar, and he will discuss your body’s specific with you while doing so that you can see your planned incision.
- Skin Tension: The tummy tuck scar shape will then be affected by skin pulling. A tummy tuck involves resection of a good amount of skin, and there will be upward skin tension that can pull the scar upward. This tension can be minimized by some strategies (see below). Finally, in some patients tension can be different from one side to the other based on the patient’s anatomy, resulting in slight asymmetry in some cases.