One of the major reasons I love the mommy makeover procedure for my patients in Houston is because of how truly transformative it can be. Not only does it contour and slim the abdomen, enhance and restore the appearance of the breasts, and reduce excess skin — it can also provide the opportunity to reduce scars from past surgeries in the abdomen.
Reducing Scar Visibility
Many of my tummy tuck and mommy makeover patients are mothers who have had Caesarean sections, hernias, or other lower abdominal surgeries which have resulted in visible, discolored scars. Most often, these surgeries are not performed by a surgeon trained to reduce scarring (as board-certified plastic surgeons are), thus leaving more conspicuous scars along the incision. When patients come to me for a mommy makeovers, I’m sometimes able to address those scars as I remove excess skin, reducing their appearance or sometimes removing the scars altogether.
You can see an example of this in the patient before-and-after images from our gallery below. This patient is a 31-year-old mother of 3, who received an abdominoplasty to reduce excess skin and contour her abdomen. I was able to reduce the appearance of a previous umbilical hernia scar through the surgery. Additionally, she began using a scar therapy treatment called embrace® immediately after surgery to reduce the appearance of her scar quickly and efficiently.
Using embrace® Active Scar Defense
I’ve found that patients who proactively use a scar therapy treatment along the incision site during the healing stage often have less visible scarring than those who do not. In my experience, the best is embrace Active Scar Defense treatment. This scar therapy adheres to the skin and pulls it more tightly around the area of the scar, providing extra support and relieving tension as the patient heals. It also protects your scars against irritation from clothing, bed sheets, or other materials that may come in contact with your skin.
Embrace comes in a variety of sizes, depending on the size and placement of the scar. They offer sizes relevant to everything from minor scars that are only a few centimeters in length to larger ones that are suitable for tummy tuck scars and reach from one hip point to the next.
In this video interview for RealSelf, I explain that after the “baby bump,” sometimes the abdominal skin loses its elasticity. The video also shows the clinical improvements embrace scar therapy provides.
Moms of all ages decide to look into mommy makeover surgery to improve their midsections — and the ability to make past scars less prominent is often an unexpected bonus. To see more examples of successful results, I encourage you to look through our before-and-after gallery for other patients’ transformations.