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The final appearance of tummy tuck scarring will be influenced by several different factors including the specific procedure performed (full or mini abdominoplasty), the quantity of skin excised, meticulousness of and the surgical technique employed for wound closure, nutritional status, the particular scar care products used, sun exposure and how strictly post-surgical instructions are followed. In addition to these more controllable elements, one’s genetic predisposition and natural healing process will also play a significant role.

The full tummy tuck incision typically extends across the pubis and continues outward above the groin. It can usually incorporate a cesarean scar for women who have previously delivered a child via C-section, and its location allows it to be hidden by many different underwear and bikini styles. In comparison, the incision for a mini tummy tuck is shorter in length, often enabling it to be concealed by an even wider assortment of undergarments and swimsuits.

Although the ultimate length, thickness and overall visibility of abdominoplasty scars will vary from patient to patient, most individuals say the results they achieved (combined with the positive impact tummy tuck surgery had on their self-confidence) far exceed any worries regarding the final appearance of scarring. To get an idea of what you may be able to expect, I encourage you to visit my practice’s tummy tuck photo gallery.

If you have any additional questions about abdominoplasty, or if you are considering this rewarding procedure and would like to schedule a consultation, please contact the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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