The purpose of a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is to make your stomach flatter and firmer. Excess fat and skin will be surgically removed and the remaining skin will be pulled together for a firmer look. However, the formation of scars are inevitable, particularly when the incisions made during the procedure are quite large. Dr. Wilberto Cortés sees to it that minimal scarring is produced as much as possible during your Houston tummy tuck. While there is no way for scars to be avoided, read on below for surefire ways to greatly reduce the appearance of tummy tuck scars. Types of Tummy Tuck Scars In order to fully understand the different scar treatment options, it is important for you to figure out which types of scars to expect after a tummy tuck. Track Marks are originally the suture lines which are used to close down the incision made during the procedure. Keloid Scars are often raised above the rest of the skin surface. They are also darker in color than the normal skin around it and could be painful in some individuals. Keloids are formed when collagen is formed after the incision has healed. While keloids could develop in almost everyone, keloid formation is common amongst dark-skinned individuals. Different Approaches to Treating Tummy Tuck Scars Corticosteroid Applications are used to flatten keloid scars through reducing inflammation and collagen formation. Repeated injections for a period of 6 months, about 2 to 3 times a month would greatly improve the appearance of scars. Cortisone creams work the same way; they help reduce inflammation. Silicone Gel Sheets are appropriate for healed incisions rather than open tummy tuck wounds. The best way to achieve optimum results with silicone gel sheets is to wear them for 16 hours a day in a span of 2 to 3 months. Silicone ointments are also available for those who prefer not to wear gel sheets at all. Cryotherapy makes use of nitrogen to freeze the scar tissue and easily facilitate removal. Pressure Dressings utilize elastic materials to apply pressure to the tummy tuck scar. Its purpose is to flatten the keloid formation. This treatment could be used in conjunction with silicone gel sheets. Laser surgery is often employed as a last resort for those who would want to reduce the appearance of their tummy tuck scars. Creams and Lotions which contain anti-scarring substances such as retinol and vitamin E could help reduce scars, too. RejuVenus Aesthetics in Houston, Texas Plastic surgery is a very personal and sometimes difficult decision. From the minute you walk through the door, we are committed to understanding your needs and facilitate your decision-making process. Together we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding the different existing options and provide you the highest quality care. Dr. Cortés is characterized for his keen eye and attention to detail. No wonder he can achieve spectacular results in his patients. Fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortes via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. We look forward to your visit!