A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach area to tighten muscles of the abdomen that we often perform at our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice. It is a welcome relief to many people. Following surgery, and as you appreciate your newly slimmed midsection, you may be trying to hide the leftover scar. Although a plastic surgeon tries to make the incision as low as possible, there are certain things you can do to minimize a scar’s appearance.

Your surgeon will recommend scar treatments for your needs, such as silicone sheeting or other silicone based products to be used when directed by your physician.

It is imperative to stay out of the sun when recovering from a tummy tuck. Sun exposure reddens a scar and turns it a dark color. It is advised to wear sunscreen for a complete year after the procedure.

Avoid activity that will stretch scars such as exercise and other strenuous activities until cleared by your doctor.

Finally, it is important to stop smoking during the healing process. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict and become damaged, which lowers blood supply to the skin. Surgical incisions lower normal blood flow, so the remaining supply is necessary for healing. Without enough circulation, the skin begins to turn dark. This leaves behind deep scarring.

The above tips should help you minimize scarring after a tummy tuck. Do not get discouraged if the scar does not immediately disappear. It may take months for it to completely heal and lighten after surgery.