Case Number: 346
- Before After
This is a relatively young person who had an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck in the Beverly Hills area. This is the price to be paid for tight skin on the abdomen in some cases. Notice the spread scar on the lower abdomen. This spread scar can often be prevented by careful stitching of the deep layers so tension is not brought on the scar itself. This scar, of course, has more of the tendency to grow and become a problem or even a keloid because of this patient’s dark skin. Its placement is very, very high, and this indicates that this person did not have a lot of extra loose skin prior to the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. When there is a great deal of loose skin, the incision can be placed right above the pubic hair. Notice also that the bellybutton has a scar around it. This is a characteristic of dark skinned individuals but also, many times when the bellybutton is stitched very carefully, the scar can be placed deep down inside the navel, and not be so apparent as in this case.
It is my best guess that this person could have been treated strictly through her bellybutton and have her muscle wall stitched tight without incurring the long scar from hip to hip (and even past each hip). With this procedure, the skin is allowed to shrink naturally on a flatter muscle wall, which has been tightened with permanent stitches. There can be some wrinkling of the skin but typically the skin does not sag because some liposuction is performed on the front of the abdomen.