Tummy Tuck Incisions

Expert incisions = better scars that are harder to see

A top concern among tummy tuck patients-to-be is where their scars will be and what they will look like. This info will clear that up.

Incisions for a full tummy tuck

During a full or standard tummy tuck, your surgeon makes one incision around the belly button and one thin, linear horizontal incision just above the pubic bone, running from hip bone to hip bone. Through these sites, they can tighten muscles, remove excess skin, and relocate your belly button into a natural position. The belly button scar is camouflaged by the natural belly button contours, and the lower incision is easily concealed by underwear or a swimsuit.


Incisions for a mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower belly, so there’s no belly button incision. Your surgeon removes excess skin and fat through a single incision just above the pubic bone.

Tummy tuck scar care

Our plastic surgeons use techniques that ensure your incision sites are well supported and your scars are as short as possible. You can help your scars heal optimally and fade beautifully by taking a few simple scar care measures:

  • Don’t smoke. Nicotine inhibits circulation, which can result in poorly healed, ugly scars.
  • Wear your compression garments and surgical tape. Both support healing incisions and help form thinner scars.
  • Don’t lift, strain, or exercise before your doctor says it’s okay. Read more about tummy tuck recovery here.
  • Keep your incisions protected from the sun. Always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors. Healing scars are more sensitive to the sun and susceptible to discoloration.

To see what real tummy tuck patients look like several months after their procedures, browse our before & after gallery.

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Have more questions about tummy tuck surgery or incisions? Contact us for a personal consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.