Tummy Tuck Scar
When it comes to tummy tuck scars and abdominal contouring, the simple truth is that not all patients are candidates for the traditional full tummy tuck and a Mini or extended tummy tuck may suit your goals.
During a conventional full tummy tuck, a long incision is made in the bikini line to allow for three things:
1) Exposure of the abdominal wall muscles.
2) Tightening of the abdominal wall muscles.
3) Removal of the excess, redundant skin.
By definition, this procedure requires relocation of the umbilicus to a new position. The traditional tummy tuck is an excellent technique for the right candidate with a minimal tummy tuck scar.
Certainly, for patients with a significant amount of excess skin located below the belly button associated with laxity of the abdominal muscle, a traditional full tummy tuck makes sense. However, there is an ever growing subset of patients with a thin body habitus who develop weakness of the abdominal wall muscles following weight loss and pregnancy without having a significant amount of redundant skin and subcutaneous tissue. However, these patients certainly do not have an adequate redundant tissue to allow removal of all of the tissue that exists below the belly button. To reconcile this problem, the Mini-Tummy Tuck was invented. During this “mini-operation,” the following sequence of events occur:
1) a shorter tummy tuck scar is made in the bikini line.
2) the tissue is elevated up to the level of the belly button.
3) the abdominal wall muscles are tightened below the belly button only.
4) a small amount of skin is removed just above the pubic area.
Patients have loved the results for several reasons:
1) They get a flat abdomen
2) They are rid of the small amount of extra skin that was troublesome to them.
3) They almost never have a visible scar around the belly button.
4) The incision is much shorter than in a traditional tummy tuck and located very low in the same location as a C-section incision.