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Is a Tummy Tuck Scar Covered by a Bikini and Underwear?

iStock_000000177225SmallIt goes without saying that any woman considering a tummy tuck in Tampa is concerned about the resultant scar. Dr. Traci Temmen’s patients routinely ask, “how long will my tummy tuck scar be,” and “how low will my tummy tuck scar be?” But in reality, what most patients really want to know is, “will my tummy tuck scar be covered by a bikini and normal underwear?”

While it is impossible to speak for all plastic surgeons, or all patients for that matter, leading plastic surgeon in Tampa, Dr. Temmen, describes here a normal postoperative tummy tuck scar in her practice at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa.

Question: How long is a typical tummy tuck scar?

Dr. Temmen: For a normal-sized patient, with a BMI less than 30, my tummy tuck scars are usually ten to twelve inches long. For most patients, this tummy tuck scar is approximately one inch longer, on either side, than a C-section scar. By many standards, a tummy tuck scar of this length, similar to the length of a C-section scar, is the same length as a mini tummy tuck scar. I rarely extend a tummy tuck beyond the points of the hipbones and never extend a tummy tuck scar around the sides or back of a patient.

Question: How low is a typical tummy tuck scar?

Dr. Temmen: I generally place my tummy tuck scars five to seven centimeters, or two to three inches, above the top of the vaginal lips in the midline. Laterally, the C-section scar extends slightly superiorly, but almost never extends above the level of the hipbones. If a patient has had a previous C-section, I am usually able to place their tummy tuck scar at or slightly below their old C-section scar and then remove the C-section scar during the tummy tuck surgery.

Question: Is a tummy tuck scar covered by a bikini or underwear?

Dr. Temmen: For most patients, the resultant tummy tuck scar will be covered by bikini bottoms and/or normal underwear. Very thin patients, with relatively little excess abdominal skin, may have a tummy tuck scar that is slightly higher than normal and may be at least partially visible, particularly in the midline, in a standard bikini bottom or underwear. I can usually predict which patients will have a higher or longer tummy tuck scar than usual and forewarn these patients ahead of time.

Question: How long does it take a tummy tuck scar to heal?

Dr. Temmen: In general, it takes two to three months before a tummy tuck scar will be 80-90% as strong as the surrounding skin. The healing and appearance of a tummy tuck scar proceeds in a cyclical fashion. Initially, the scar will appear as a fine, fresh line. After several weeks, the scar becomes red, hard, and raised. Then after six months to one year, a tummy tuck scar will become softer, flatter, and will appear as a fine, white line. Because it takes so long to see the final appearance of a tummy tuck scar, most plastic surgeons recommend waiting at least six months to one year before considering any type of tummy tuck scar revision.

Question: What can I do to prevent or minimize my tummy tuck scar?

Dr. Temmen: Unfortunately, anytime a patient undergoes cosmetic surgery, there will be a scar. As a plastic surgeon, I try to make each tummy tuck scar as short, thin, and hidden as possible. To try to minimize the appearance of a tummy tuck scar, I recommend that my patients avoid sun exposure to their scar for one year. Sun exposure can cause scars to become darker and more noticeable.

Question: Are there any creams or ointments that can help my tummy tuck scar heal better?

Dr. Temmen: There isn’t one magic cream or “potion” that has been proven to make scars heal better or faster. If there were, everyone would use it. With that said, for patients that want to try a topical treatment for their tummy tuck scar, I usually recommend a silicone-based ointment. Topical silicone agents have been shown to decrease the appearance and soften all types of scars, not just tummy tuck scars. To learn more about all of the cosmetic surgery procedures Dr. Traci Temmen, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon performs we encourage you to visit her website or contact her today: 813-877-2277

Breast Augmentation Without Scars on the Breast in Tampa, Florida-

Breast Augmentation Without Scars on the Breast in Tampa, Florida-

 

Your dreams of larger, fuller breasts without visible scars can finally be a reality!  Dr. Traci Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa offers endoscopic, short scar breast augmentation through the armpit leaving no visible scars on the breast.  The only scar you will have following endoscopic transaxillary breast augmentation is a small, 2-3 cm incision that blends into the creases of your armpit, becoming virtually imperceptible with time.

 

Dr. Traci Temmen has much experience with endoscopic, short scar breast augmentation as well as breast augmentation through the nipple areolar complex and the fold underneath the breast.  She can perform your breast augmentation through the armpit with saline or silicone breast implants in a variety of sizes.  The breast implants are placed under the muscle in a quick surgical procedure lasting as little as 45 minutes.  Your recovery from endoscopic breast augmentation with implants placed through the armpit is quick and easy because of the limited dissection and short surgical procedure time.  Most of Dr. Temmen’s patients are able to return to work in 1-2 days and rarely require narcotic pain medications following their breast augmentation surgery.

 

Good candidates for breast implants placed through the armpit have breasts with a tight skin envelope, no sagging, and lack of a fold beneath the breast.  Other patients that may consider breast augmentation through the armpit are those who have very small nipples and would not be a good candidate for implants placed through the nipple areolar complex.  Other patients who have an aversion to a scar on the nipple areolar complex or beneath the breast crease may also consider breast augmentation with breast implants placed through the armpit.

 

Dr. Traci Temmen will have a long discussion with you during your breast augmentation consultation and perform a thorough physical examination in order to help you decide on the perfect breast augmentation surgery for you.  Dr. Temmen will help you decide on the appropriate scar location, type of implant, and best implant size.  Regardless of your choices, you can be confident that Dr. Traci Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa will provide you with a beautiful and long lasting result that exceeds your expectations!

 

For a free consultation on endoscopic, transaxillary breast augmentation without scars on the breast by Dr. Traci Temmen, call the office today:  (813) 877-2277.  To see before and after pictures of patients just like you who have undergone breast augmentation, visit Dr. Temmen’s gallery today!

 

Natural Breast Augmentation

Natural Breast Augmentation With Your Own Unwanted Fat- A Dream Come True!

 

How many times have you looked in the mirror and thought, “If only I could take some fat from my thighs and stomach, and put it in my breasts!”  Well, now you can!

 

Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Traci Temmen, is making women’s dreams come true with the most recent advances in natural breast augmentation surgery.  Using targeted, three-dimensional liposuction, Dr. Temmen is able to give you the body of your dreams while performing liposuction on problem areas, such as the abdomen, back, flanks, and thighs.  Then, using a meticulous and delicate technique, she collects and processes the fat obtained from liposuction and prepares it for transfer to the breasts.  Using tiny incisions at the base of the breast, Dr. Temmen then injects the pure fat into the breasts creating a larger, fuller, and natural-feeling breast!

 

Natural breast augmentation avoids the use of prosthetic breast implants and reshapes the entire body by performing liposuction on one area (or multiple areas) and increasing the size of the breasts during the same cosmetic procedure.

 

Women already have breast implants may also be a candidate for revision breast augmentation or removal of implants and replacement with fat by Dr. Traci Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa.  With time, women who have breast implants, particularly saline implants placed above the perctoralis muscle, may notice rippling or unsightly wrinkling of the implant at the superior or medial aspect of the breasts.  This visible breast implant rippling is not only unnatural and unattractive, but can cause many women embarrassment and a feeling of insecurity.  To cover breast implant rippling and add volume to a thin overlying soft tissue cover, Dr. Temmen can perform liposuction and inject the collected fat in breast tissues overlying the breast implant.

 

Similarly, women who no longer wish to have implants but do not want to lose volume or look “deformed” after breast implant removal can choose to have their breast implants removed and replaced with their own fat.  Dr. Temmen may perform the removal of breast implants and replacement with your own natural fat in one or two operative settings depending on your specific anatomy and breast implant type.

 

Dr. Traci Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa has experience with natural breast enlargement with fat injections, removal of breast implants, and replacement of breast implants with fat.  Do see if you are a candidate for natural breast augmentation, call Dr. Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa today!  Call (813) 877-2277 for a free natural breast augmentation consultation.

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