How much scarring is involved in a tummy tuck?

The amount of scarring involved in a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can vary depending on the type of procedure performed and individual factors.

For a full tummy tuck, which addresses both the upper and lower abdomen, the incision typically extends horizontally along the lower abdomen, from hip to hip. The length of the incision can vary depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed. In some cases, a second incision may be made around the belly button to reposition it properly. While the scar from a full tummy tuck is noticeable, it can often be concealed beneath underwear or swimsuits.
In contrast, a mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision, usually confined to the lower abdomen, and is ideal for individuals with minimal excess skin and muscle laxity below the belly button. The scar from a mini tummy tuck is typically shorter than that of a full tummy tuck, but its length and visibility can vary depending on individual factors.

An extended tummy tuck is suitable for individuals who have excess skin and fat extending to the hips or flanks. This procedure involves longer incisions that may extend beyond the hips, resulting in longer scars. However, the scar placement is strategic, allowing it to be concealed beneath clothing.

FDL TT, or Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck, is a variation of the traditional tummy tuck designed for individuals with significant excess skin and fat in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions. This procedure involves additional incisions along the midline of the abdomen, resulting in a scar that resembles an upside-down "T."

Regardless of the type of tummy tuck performed, scarring is an inevitable part of the healing process. However, plastic surgeons at Formedi in Antalya, Turkey, take great care to minimize scarring and ensure that incisions are placed in inconspicuous locations whenever possible. They also guide scar management techniques to help scars fade over time.
Ultimately, the extent of scarring from a tummy tuck can vary from person to person and depends on factors such as the type of procedure performed, individual healing characteristics, and adherence to post-operative care instructions.