Can I Wear a Bikini After My Tummy Tuck?

Blue bikini tummy tuckOne thing is consistent among most people who get a tummy tuck—they want to show off their tummies afterwards! But a tummy tuck is surgery and thus leaves a scar, so many patients ask about how visible the scars might be. Women wonder if they’ll feel comfortable wearing a bikini, for example, and men are just as curious about where their scars might fall.

If you’re considering a tummy tuck but share this concern, here’s a way to get a general idea about the size of your scar. Stand in front of a mirror and note where the fold in the skin starts on each side of the abdomen. The incision will be about that long. As far as the location of tummy tuck scars go, they will be as low as possible, with a gentle curve. Patients are sometimes surprised to learn that the scar can be altered to meet individual needs, so there is some flexibility about the incision. There is also a belly button scar, but this is usually placed inside the belly button and is well hidden.

One of the best ways to feel more comfortable about the results from a tummy tuck is to look at before-and-after photos. Once you see the changes in real people’s bodies, you’ll have a better idea of what your abdomen may look like after your own surgery. For example, take a look at my patient gallery. Finding an example (or several) that resembles your “before” will help you understand how easy it is to hide the scars from surgery. Notice that there are no scars visible in any of the “after” photos, even those that feature patients with revealing undergarments.

So the short answer to the question of whether you can wear a bikini after a tummy tuck is most definitely yes. In fact, it would be a shame if you didn’t! After years of childbearing or working hard to lose weight and improve your lifestyle, wearing a bikini with confidence is a reward you deserve.

The goal with tummy tuck surgery for women or men is a natural-looking stomach. If you’re researching options for sculpting your abdomen, be sure to visit an experienced cosmetic surgeon and discuss the alternatives. While a full tummy tuck may indeed be appropriate, a mini-tummy tuck might suffice if the concern is primarily excess skin. Of course, the scars from this procedure are smaller, and no belly button incision is required. Occasionally, liposuction alone can tone the tummy if spot fat deposits are the primary issue, so don’t hesitate to ask the surgeon about the different approaches.

Are you anxious to wear a bikini with pride? I’m happy to meet with you and have a conversation about which approach is right for you.

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