Tummy tucks are an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure, with over 130,000 Americans undergoing the operation each year. However, many of these procedures inevitably result in undesirable scarring. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent, minimize, and treat tummy tuck scars.
One highly effective treatment for tummy tuck scars is laser skin resurfacing. When combined with other treatments, laser skin resurfacing is highly effective at reducing the appearance of scars.
Here, we’ll take a look at why people risk tummy tuck scarring in the first place and how that risk is eliminated from the procedure with laser skin resurfacing.
Why Get a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is a highly beneficial surgery for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight, recently finished pregnancy, or have experienced trauma to the abdominal region. New mothers may find more benefits from a complete mommy makeover, which not only addresses the tummy, but the breasts, and potentially the labia also.
Each of these scenarios involves the stretching of either the skin or the musculature of the abdomen to a point where it can naturally return to its tightened, elastic state. The abdomen’s skin and muscles serve a critical purpose; they control our overall posture, support our lower backs, and hold our vital organs in place.
When the structure of the skin and musculature becomes compromised, it can lead to both medical and aesthetic issues, such as poor posture, urinary incontinence, and loose, excess skin around the belly.
A tummy tuck can solve all these issues. But, for many patients who don’t choose their surgeon wisely, scarring can be a significant side effect of the procedure. This is why it is imperative to select an experienced, affiliated, qualified surgeon to perform your tummy tuck.
Reduce Scarring With Skill and Lasers
A tummy tuck involves making incisions and removing excess skin from the abdominal region. Top surgeons can minimize scars with precise incision placement and advanced suturing protocols, which both go a very long way in reducing the visibility of scarring.
To further reduce tummy tuck scarring, the best plastic surgeons also offer laser skin resurfacing.
Laser skin resurfacing exfoliates the upper layer of the skin while also heating the deeper skin layers. The process eliminates old, dead skin cells that make a scar and stimulates the production of healthy new skin cells. Essentially, this process creates a new area of skin that heals better than the scar did originally.
If you combine laser treatment with a healthy and nutritious diet, proper sun protection, the regular application of topical vitamin E cream, no smoking, and an expert surgeon to perform the procedure, you can experience incredible tummy tuck results with minimal scarring.
To discuss the procedure with the elite team of plastic surgeons at Art Plastic Surgery, and to view our portfolio of delighted past patients, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (201)-251-6622 or fill out our online form. We will gladly discuss your tummy tuck, laser treatment, or any other procedure queries.