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In standard tummy tuck procedures, incisions are formed in areas that can be hidden. To achieve this, the incisions are usually opened horizontally. Such tummy tuck procedures are called a horizontal tummy tuck. Sometimes, however, incisions can also be formed vertically due to different reasons. So, for which patients is the vertical tummy tuck suitable? How are the incisions hidden? Do scars disappear over time? All are in our article.


Where is a Standard Tummy Tuck Incision Formed?

Standard Tummy Tuck Incision

In a standard tummy tuck procedure, incisions are formed horizontally, just below the abdomen. The incisions are adjusted to the underwear line. However, in some types of the tummy tuck, there are some exceptions. The vertical tummy tuck is one of them.


How Are Tummy Tuck Scars Hidden?

In the tummy tuck procedure, excess skin and tissues are removed from the abdomen. To do this, large incisions are formed. The incisions usually extend from one end of the abdomen region to the other. Such large incisions cause scars on the skin after healing.

The incision scars left after the tummy tuck should be hidden so that they do not create a bad appearance when viewed directly from the outside. First of all, remember that you will see these incision scars when naked and it is not possible to hide them. However, they can be professionally hidden with the underwear or swimwear you wear. The incisions are adjusted below the underwear line. Thus, when underwear or swimwear is worn, the scars are not seen from the outside and are not noticed.

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The location of the incisions is planned to be under underwear or swimwear. If you wear different styles of underwear or swimwear, you can bring these clothes to the pre-operative consultation.

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For Which Patients is Vertical Tummy Tuck More Suitable?

There are different types of tummy tuck procedures. The benefits and advantages of each of these types can be different. The vertical tummy tuck is one of these options. So, for which patients is this procedure more suitable?


Patients with Very Little Excess Skin

In cases where there is not enough excess skin, the vertical tummy tuck may be preferred. The abdominal region of women who have given two or more births can be given as an example of this situation. In such cases, excess skin on the abdomen makes women look almost pregnant. However, there is no obvious skin excess in the abdomen. If the excess skin is very little, a limited vertical incision is formed. Thus, the limited amount of skin here will be removed and the abdominal region will be tightened.


Patients with Excess Skin

Excess skin occurs after rapid weight loss due to bariatric surgery or a similar condition. In such cases, a significant amount of skin accumulates in the abdomen. And it causes a bad appearance when viewed from the outside. The vertical tummy tuck may be preferred in cases where there is such excessive skin.

A horizontal incision is sufficient when the excess skin of the patients is only related to the abdominal region. However, if there is excess skin in areas such as the back and love handles along with the abdomen, a vertical incision can also be formed. The most important thing to know here is that when there is extreme skin excess, a vertical incision is opened in addition to the horizontal incision. Thus, the procedure called full-body lift is performed.


How Do the Vertical Tummy Tuck Scars Look?

Tummy tuck scars are usually in the lower abdomen. However, the vertical incisions are in the form of a line going towards the belly button.

After the tummy tuck, incision scars have a very distinct appearance in the first days. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that this is temporary. The incisions, which initially have a darker color, begin to become less distinctive over time. They become clearer and softer.


Do the Scars Disappear Over Time?

The incision scars that occur after the vertical tummy tuck tend to disappear or become less apparent over time. After 1-2 years after the operation, the scars lose pigment. This may even cause the incision scars to become paler than the surrounding tissues. The area of the incision scars is smoother than the rest of the body.

When the recovery time after the tummy tuck is completed, the incision scars are in the form of a thin line. As time passes, this line becomes thinner and less apparent. Thus, it becomes more difficult to notice from the outside.

Vertical Tummy Tuck Scars

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The incision scars after the vertical tummy tuck procedure have a dark appearance. But over time, these scars first become lighter. Then they become a faint line. However, no matter how much time passes, the complete disappearance of the incision scars is not possible. But never forget that you are getting rid of loose skin by bearing a thin scar.

Cosmeticium has great experience and expertise in the vertical tummy tuck. Our surgeons working in our clinic take all the necessary care to hide the incisions while tightening the excess skin in your abdomen. Thus, we ensure that you have a tighter abdominal area, and we show the necessary sensitivity to make the incision scars less visible. You can fill out the form below to get more detailed information about the subject.


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