One of the most common mistakes other surgeons make in tummy tuck surgery is placing the incision line too high. Proper placement of this line is crucial for a smooth and beautiful result. Dr. Mowlavi, an Orange County cosmetic surgeon with expertise in revising improperly-placed tummy tuck incisions, explains in detail.
Creating the Perfect Incision Line for a Tummy Tuck
Many times tummy tuck procedures are performed with an incision line placed too high. When the incision line is inappropriately placed too high it creates multiple concerns including:
- A visible incision when wearing undergarments and bikini bottoms
- A step off deformity
- Aesthetically pleasing pubic region
Below is a before-and-after of a tummy tuck revision that illustrates a step off deformity from a tummy tuck with an incision line too high. The step off was revised with a lower incision line. This gives the patient a firmer and smoother abdomen.
Dr. Mowlavi’s “low” incision line provides tummy tuck patients several advantages. First, your private part region are lifted and improved in proportion. The location of the incision line placement creates a division between the abdomen and private parts. As such, when it is placed lower, it provides proportionality. In addition, the lower incision lines provides a pull on your pubic region allowing tightening, flattening, and improved private part aesthetics.
The low incision line length used with a tummy tuck is determined by the amount of redundant skin and belly button position. The incision line is placed over the pubic area and extends laterally following the bikini line. The incision length is customized to extend only as far as necessary to removed unwanted redundancies. The “low” incision line optimizes the capacity to wear thin undergarment and bikini bottom without exposing incision lines.
“I underestimated my overall experience and what I would be receiving as a result of this surgery (tummy tuck and breast lift). I knew my stomach would be put back together and that I would experience a general sense of pain relief and freedom from every day limitations, but I could not even conceive of the change I have experienced mentally and emotionally after having this surgery. I truly feel like my life has changed. Before surgery, I wouldn’t even look at myself in the mirror, I would just get dressed and not make eye contact with myself. I felt like a monster because of how deformed I was and this affected my self concept and overall demeanor. Now, I feel put back together in ways I never thought possible. I feel not only healthier and more physically whole, but I feel more confident and an increased sense of self worth and value. I am so thankful for this opportunity. The care I received throughout this entire process has been exceptional. Thank you for giving me my life back. As a mom, wife, and professional – thank you.” — E. Snipes. Dana Point, CA