Can a Tummy Tuck Get Rid of Existing Belly Scars?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


With tummy tuck surgery, men and women alike can transform their figures and achieve a slimmer new shape through skin removal and fat reduction. Another common reason for undergoing tummy tuck surgery is to address visible stretch marks or scarring from previous surgery or injury. However, patients considering tummy tuck surgery for scar revision or stretch mark reduction should keep in mind that some scarring after a tummy tuck is unavoidable. Leading Newport Beach board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi, founder of SSK Plastic Surgery, utilizes skill and precision to keep visible tummy tuck scarring to a minimum so that patients can enjoy the smoothest, most natural new look possible. Keep reading to find answers to your questions about tummy tuck surgery for scar reduction.

How does a tummy tuck improve your body?

Tummy tuck surgery can enhance your appearance in multiple ways, from creating a slimmer overall shape to removing or reducing stretch marks and other skin flaws. Most often, tummy tuck surgery is performed to help restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure, but it is also popular among men and women hoping to reverse the unwanted consequences of aging or extreme weight loss. The primary complaints that can be addressed with a tummy tuck in Orange County, CA include:

  • Stubborn belly fat
  • Mommy pooch (or tummy pouch)
  • Still look pregnant after a year
  • Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles)
  • Hanging stomach skin
  • Wrinkled, loose stomach skin
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Scars on midsection

Does a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?

Stretch marks located on the areas of skin that are removed during tummy tuck surgery will be removed during the skin excision and tightening process. However, stretch marks that may be present in other areas will remain. During your initial consultation for a Newport Beach tummy tuck, Dr. Kelishadi will assess your areas of concern and point out which stretch marks may be possible to remove during your procedure.

Can a scar be removed during tummy tuck surgery?

Like stretch marks, scarring that is located on the skin that is removed during a tummy tuck will also be removed, but a new scar will be present on the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. Dr. Kelishadi makes every attempt to minimize visible scarring as much as possible, but patients must have realistic expectations for their outcome and understand that tummy tuck surgery does result in a scar. Still, patients with significant scarring or stretch marks are often pleased with their result and consider it a dramatic improvement compared with their previous look.

How long is a tummy tuck scar?

Tummy tuck scars vary in length from patient to patient, largely based on how much skin needs to be removed. In an extended tummy tuck, for example, the incision may run from hip to hip, while a mini tummy tuck can be completed with a much shorter incision. Regardless of the length of your tummy tuck incision, Dr. Kelishadi will utilize an approach that allows your scar to be concealed as fully as possible and will provide comprehensive scar care instructions to encourage proper healing and fading. Once a tummy tuck scar is fully healed, most patients are able to cover the scar beneath reasonable clothing and swimsuits and enjoy a smoother, slimmer, sexier new look they can feel confident about.

Tired of your loose tummy? Consider abdominoplasty surgery in Newport Beach, CA

Stubborn belly fat and loose stomach skin can be exceptionally challenging to get rid of on your own, even with a strict diet and dedicated fitness routine. With a tummy tuck, however, you can shed wrinkled skin, reduce excess fat, and transform your physique easier than ever. If you’re ready to finally get the body you’ve always wanted – or regain the one you once had – call SSK Plastic Surgery in Orange County, CA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

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