Tummy Tucks

Can a Tummy Tuck Fix that Sketchy C-Section Scar Already?

Woman in an orange colored blouse touching her pregnant tummy.

Woman in an orange colored blouse touching her pregnant tummy.Any woman who has given birth can tell you that childbirth isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience in the world. And the aftermath can take some serious time and R&R to recover from. Whether a third-degree tear, hemorrhoids the size of lemons or a nasty C-section scar, every mom carries her battle wounds.

If your personal battle wound happens to be a C-section scar that leaves you less than thrilled with the way your abdomen looks, a tummy tuck after C-section might be what you need to start feeling like your pre-baby self again.

Let’s Talk Mommy Makeover

Tummy tucks are a critical component of the mommy makeover — a combination procedure that many moms choose to get after completing their families. In addition to tightening the abdominal muscles, removing excess skin and sucking out the fat that diet and exercise can’t seem to touch, a mommy makeover can also lift your breasts, boost their size and tack on pretty much any other procedure you want to help you transform your current mom bod.

Basically, this is a chance to reclaim yourself, C-section and all.

But Will a Tummy Tuck Remove the Scar?

Okay, so this is a moment for real talk. Can a tummy tuck after a C-section get rid of the C-section scar? In short: Yes, it can, but it doesn’t always happen this way. If your C-section scar happens to be located in the area of excess skin that will be removed during your tummy tuck, the scar will go along with it.

But there is a catch here: Tummy tucks also cause scarring. After all, it is still a surgical procedure, so incisions are made and scars come with the territory.

A tummy tuck can’t eliminate scarring, because it will cause some on its own. But it might improve your C-section scar and boost your confidence.

For reference, the average horizontal C-section scar is about 4 to 6 inches in length. This is likely smaller than what a full tummy tuck typically leaves behind, which usually stretches from hip to hip. But both are normally located low enough that you can hide them when wearing a bikini or lingerie.

If, however, you had a vertical cut for your C-section, the scar might be larger, more obvious and may cause your abdominal line to “cave in.” In this case, a tummy tuck or tummy tuck revision may be able to help.

Women who have an uneven scar or a keloid scar that extends beyond the incision and is rough in texture might also benefit from a tummy tuck for their C-section scar, even if it is a horizontal incision.

What If Your Scar Isn’t One a Tummy Tuck Can Fix?

Even if your cosmetic surgeon doesn’t feel that a tummy tuck would be able to improve your C-section scar, you still might benefit from the procedure. In fact, your cosmetic surgeon might be able to use your c-section scar as the incision site for your tummy tuck, letting you get the cosmetic surgery you want without additional scarring. Additionally, your cosmetic surgeon should be able to minimize your resulting tummy tuck scarring, giving you a better final look.

And let’s face it: if you’ve had a baby, chances are good that a tummy tuck is going to give you a confidence boost, no matter how you slice it.

Whether or not cosmetic surgery will eliminate your C-section scar isn’t necessarily the biggest issue at hand. It all comes down to your confidence, and if you would rather hide behind so-called miracle swimsuits or actually improve your body.


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