<![CDATA[ - Blog]]> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 14:38:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[What does the scar look like after a tummy tuck?]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:58:50 GMThttps://www.drhayescosmeticsurgery.com/blog/what-does-the-scar-look-like-after-a-tummy-tuckPicture
If you're considering a tummy tuck procedure, you're probably wondering about the scarring. There are lots of tummy tuck photos on the web and it can be confusing to know exactly what your scar will look like. You may be asking yourself why some scars look too high or uneven. Portland plastic surgeon, Dr. Hayes, keeps your scar as low as possible, so that it's hidden by most clothing and underwear. 

Click "Read More" to check out our VIDEO and learn more about Dr. Hayes' approach to tummy tuck surgery. 


What is included in a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, performed by Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Austin Hayes, uses a scar that is placed in the bikini line to rejuvenate your abdomen. Dr. Hayes performs a muscle repair to flatten your tummy and create in internal corset. Imagine wearing a waist trainer 24/7! He then removes excess skin and performs liposuction of your waist and love handles. The final result is a more slim and toned appearing tummy with an hourglass shape.

How long will my scar be and what will it look like?

The length of your scar depends on how much excess skin is being removed. A typical incision runs from hipbone to hipbone, but for larger amounts of skin Dr. Hayes will extend the incision further out onto your hips. This is called an extended tummy tuck and you shouldn't be afraid of a longer scar if it's truly needed.

It's important to know that scar length is important, but scar POSITION is critical! Scars that are too high, will show outside of clothing or a bathing suit. Even a long scar that is kept low will be inconspicuous and will still allow you to wear most types of clothing.

How does Dr. Hayes keep the scar so low?

It starts with careful marking before the procedure. Dr. Hayes marks his incision only 2 inches above the groin area (labia). When closing the incision he uses progressive tension sutures to hold the skin in place so that there is no tension on your healing incision. Less tension equals thin scars that stay low on your tummy. Progressive tension sutures also help your drains come out sooner, exactly like a drainless tummy tuck. 

Does scarring from a tummy tuck go away?

Any scar on the body will stay throughout your lifetime. It doesn't go away, but the position and appearance of your scar can be improved by careful surgical technique. Choose your board-certified plastic surgeon carefully.

How do I find the best tummy tuck surgeon in Portland?

Make sure that your surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Your surgeon should take the time to listen to your goals and learn about your overall health. They should fully explain the procedures and the rationale behind their recommendations. You should leave the office with a full understanding of the benefits and risks of the procedures that you're considering. 
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayes, check out our contact page.
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<![CDATA[How to Know if a Tummy Tuck is Right for you.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:38:42 GMThttps://www.drhayescosmeticsurgery.com/blog/how-to-know-if-a-tummy-tuck-is-right-for-youPicture
If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, it can be hard to know if you're a good candidate. A tummy tuck combined with liposuction can turn back the clock to flatten your tummy, get rid of excess skin, and contour your waistline.

Click "Read More" to see our VIDEO and to learn the benefits of a tummy tuck procedure and how best to prepare.


What is a tummy tuck and how does it work?

A tummy tuck is a procedure that rejuvenates not only your tummy, but shapes and sculpts your entire waistline. A tummy tuck, performed by Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Austin Hayes, is typically also combined with liposuction.

Dr. Hayes starts by using power assisted liposuction to remove stubborn fat from your waistline and love handle area. This creates an hourglass shape with a beautiful S-curve that travels from your back through your waist, love handles, buttocks and thighs. 

Next an incision is placed low in the bikini line. This incision is kept very low so that it is hidden by underwear and a bathing suit bottom. Through this incision Dr. Hayes removes excess skin and performs a muscle repair. The muscle repair flattens your tummy and helps narrow your waistline. It's similar to wearing an internal corset 24/7. Think waist trainer on the inside. The skin removal removes uneven skin and can eliminate stretch marks on the lower part of your tummy. When closing, Dr. Hayes uses a special suturing technique called progressive tension sutures (PTS). These sutures remove tension from the incision, which helps give the best scar possible. These sutures also help the drain tubes come out more quickly.

How should I prepare for my tummy tuck procedure?

To prepare for a tummy tuck it's important that you reach your goal weight. Liposuction and tummy tuck procedures have the best results when you've reached a long-term stable weight. For women, it's best if your done having children, although it is safe to have children after a tummy tuck procedure. 

What's the recovery like after a tummy tuck procedure?

Most patients will return to work after two weeks. Your pain is controlled with pain medication. You'll start increasing your activities after two weeks, but should avoid working out, or vigorous activities, for the first six weeks. After six weeks, you'll have no restrictions. 

How do I find the best tummy tuck surgeon in Portland?

When considering a tummy tuck procedure it's important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon. Make sure you find a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery procedures, and someone who will take the time to listen to your goals. You should feel that your surgeon has fully explained the procedure so that you can decide if a tummy tuck is right for you. 

To schedule an appointment please contact our office.
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