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Tummy Tuck Removes C-Section Scars

I have been asked many times if a tummy tuck scar would be made above or below a C-section scar. Many tummy tuck patients who visit my NYC practice seem to think that they will end up with 2 separate scars from the procedures. That’s not how it works.

The truth is that I routinely make my tummy tuck incisions below the C-section scars and remove any evidence of the C-section altogether (along with the excess skin). That is to say, the C-section scar is completely removed and the patient is left with only the tummy tuck scar. This scar may be longer than the original C-section scar, but it is closed by a plastic surgeon using buried sutures (never staples) and tends to heal nicely. In an earlier blog post, I begin with patient photos showing the difference in scars.

I hope this helps clear the issue for anyone thinking about getting a flatter tummy. For inspiration, visit my online gallery of before & after tummy tuck photos. If you have questions or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us online.

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.