After a “mini-tummy tuck,” the horizontal scar above the pubic hairline will be shorter than the scar after a full tummy tuck. Redness, thickness, and some widening of these scars to a variable extent will occur once you return to normal activities. Incisions placed in high-tension areas (i.e., abdomen, shoulders, knees) tend to create slightly wider scars.
Following tummy tuck surgery, the skin contours may be slightly uneven and areas of slight depression or wrinkling can occur. As healing progresses, most of these problems (if present) usually improve dramatically.
Patients commonly experience areas of partial and/or complete numbness of the abdominal skin following tummy tuck surgery. Few experience permanent loss of feeling, but it may take several months or longer for sensation to return. Rarely, areas of numbness persist. During the healing period, sensation will return from the sides of your incision, and the scar will become smaller over time.
During healing, your skin is very sensitive to the sun and can easily burn, so avoid tanning beds, hot tubs, blowing heat, such as from a hair dryer, and heating pads.
Exposure to nicotine products can delay healing, so avoid smoking, nicotine patches or gum, and other tobacco products.