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Where there’s surgery, there are incisions, and where there are incisions, there are scars.

Unfortunately, a tummy tuck is one of those procedures where scarring is inevitable. The good news is that with the right care, scars don’t have to be an issue after your tummy tuck.

Common tummy tuck scars

Even the most experienced surgeons cannot stop scars from forming after a tummy tuck.

There are three main areas where scars can appear after your surgery at one of the best tummy tuck clinics in Australia, Waverley House.

  1. Belly Button. There is a high risk of developing a scar around your belly button after your tummy tuck but it does become less noticeable over time.
  2. Pelvic Area. Whether you decide on a full or a mini tummy tuck, you will have a horizontal scar across the lower half of your stomach. These scars can vary in length and can become less visible over time.
  3. Lower Abdomen. Some patients may also have a scar from their belly button to the scar on their lower abdomen.

A closer look at scars

Scars are marks or blemishes that occur when your skin starts to heal over your tummy tuck wound.

Here are the different stages that a scar goes through:

  1. When the skin is broken, your body will start creating collagen fibres in an effort to close the incision up.
  2. As time passes, the collagen continues to build up to protect and strengthen the skin again. More blood will also be pumped to the area. Both these processes cause the scar to become thicker and more visible.
  3. Once the body has produced a sufficient amount of collagen, some if it will begin to break down and the area will receive less blood. This causes the scar to become lighter, flatter and thinner.

When too much collagen is produced, irregular scars such as keloid scars can form.

6 Ways to minimise your tummy tuck scars

While you will never be able to eliminate your scars after your surgery at one of the best tummy tuck clinics in Australia, Waverley House, there are a few ways that you can minimise them.

  1. Follow your surgeon’s instructions. Always follow your surgeon’s post-care instructions to minimise any scarring that does occur.
  2. Use topical treatments. Once your scabs have completely fallen off, start using a topical treatment that contains silicone to reduce the formation and appearance of scars. The cream or gel will hydrate the area and prevent excess collagen from forming.
  3. Watch out for infections. If at any point you think that your incision may be infected, get in touch with your surgeon immediately.
  4. Stay out of the sun. It’s important to never suntan your scars as this could cause them to become thicker and darker. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF to prevent this from happening.
  5. Moisturise your skin regularly. Only apply a moisturiser to your scars once the incision has healed completely.
  6. Avoid irritating the skin. Only wear clothes and use products that you know what irritated your skin and make your scars worse.

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