While abdominoplasty remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women, one of the primary concerns for many people is how their scar may look post-surgery. As such, many people ask if their tummy tuck scars will go away.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do during your recovery process to help minimize the appearance of your post-tummy tuck scar.
Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Aftercare Instructions
The single most important tummy tuck recovery tip is to follow your plastic surgeon’s guidelines as closely as possible. Your plastic surgeon will likely send you home with a special compression garment to wear, along with special instructions about how long to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Take all post-surgery guidelines to heart to help your tummy tuck incision heal as well as possible.
Wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing when outdoors while recovering from your tummy tuck.
Stay Out of the Sun
As eager as you may be to hit the pool or beach after your abdominoplasty, sun exposure is the last thing your incision needs. UV rays from the sun and indoor tanning beds can lead to hyperpigmentation and may make you more susceptible to infection.
Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon About Scar Care Options
Right after your tummy tuck, you should not apply any topical creams, moisturizers or other products directly to your incision. However, once you are further along with healing, ask your plastic surgeon if he or she has any skincare product recommendations that may help make tummy tuck scarring less noticeable.