Tummy tuck scar revision

I had a tummy tuck 3 years ago and the same surgeon suggested I have a tummy tuck scar revision. He said he would just pull it down lower closer to my public bone. Is this a simple procedure?

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Zenn Plastic Surgery

Published on Dec 05, 2018

Yes, much smaller procedure with a shorter recovery time. Likely no drain!

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Answered by Zenn Plastic Surgery

Yes, much smaller procedure with a shorter recovery time. Likely no drain!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The complexity of a scar revision will vary from procedure to procedure. Smaller revisions can be performed under local, while more extensive revisions may necessitate sedation.

Lowering the scar is not as simple as pulling it down. The scar rises as a function of tension. Without excess or laxity, it is difficult to simply retract the scar downward. When planning an abdominoplasty incision, initial considerations include placing the scar low enough to be covered but high enough to facilitate a tension free closure after excision of the skin between the incision and the original umbilical position. Without post-operative changes (weight gain/loss, skin stretch with age etc.), it becomes difficult if not impossible to reliably lower the scar.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

The complexity of a scar revision will vary from procedure to procedure. Smaller revisions can be performed under local, while more extensive revisions may necessitate sedation.

Lowering the scar is not as simple as pulling it down. The scar rises as a function of tension. Without excess or laxity, it is difficult to simply retract the scar downward. When planning an abdominoplasty incision, initial considerations include placing the scar low enough to be covered but high enough to facilitate a tension free closure after excision of the skin between the incision and the original umbilical position. Without post-operative changes (weight gain/loss, skin stretch with age etc.), it becomes difficult if not impossible to reliably lower the scar.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry Leverett, MD, FACS

Published on Mar 14, 2016

Yes, tummy tuck scar revision is a simple procedure.

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Answered by Larry Leverett, MD, FACS

Yes, tummy tuck scar revision is a simple procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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