The scars from a mommy makeover usually include the scars from a breast lift and a tummy tuck. The scars from a breast lift are usually a circumvertical pattern, which is a “lollipop” scar around the areola and down to the breast crease. Often, the breast lift is combined with a breast augmentation with a silicone implant to replace lost volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The breast augmentation is performed through the same breast lift incision.
For a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), the scar is a low abdominal transverse scar, which is like a long c-section scar. Dr. Jandali does everything he can to make the scar from a tummy tuck as narrow as possible and hidden beneath the underwear line. He marks all patients before surgery with their underwear on, making sure to place the incision well below the border of the underwear. This ensures that the scar is hidden beneath the usual underwear style worn by the patient. The scar is placed just above the top of the pubic bone, often below where a c-section scar would be. Any old C-section scar is removed during the operation. There is also a small scar around that navel which is hidden nicely. Dr. Jandali uses special progressive tension sutures when closing the abdomen to take tension off of the scar line. This helps prevent widening of the scar and hypertrophic scarring. Some women are good candidates for a mini tummy tuck, which has a shorter scar and a speedier recovery.
Postoperatively, patients are instructed on the use of SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel, which contains silicone and centelline, two of the only topical ingredients shown to improve scar appearance. Patients are also shown how to perform scar massage, which helps scars mature faster and prevents raised scars.
If you are interested in a Mommy Makeover, come visit our plastic surgery office in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali. We look forward to seeing you!