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Can my Tummy Tuck Scar be Covered by Bikini Bottoms?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Swimsuit season has arrived, but not everyone is comfortable showing off their figure. Excess skin on the abdomen can make you feel self-conscious about your belly, which means avoiding bikinis and bathing suits. Many women consider tummy tuck surgery to remove the hanging skin but are concerned about getting a long scar. The good news is that with help from the right board-certified plastic surgeon, you can achieve a leaner look and wear bikini bottoms without fear. Dr. Rolando Morales uses advanced body contouring techniques to ensure that any incisions lie low and heal properly.

If tummy tuck incision placement is a big concern, contact Morales Plastic Surgery for a surgical consultation in Houston, TX. We can have a frank discussion about what to expect.

Where are tummy tuck incisions placed?

Pregnancy and recent weight loss stretch out the abdominal skin and loosen the underlying muscles. Women feel embarrassed about their midsections because they still look pregnant or feel like their weight loss efforts were a waste of time. Loose, hanging skin and small fat pockets can be treated with a tummy tuck. During this procedure, an incision is generally made from hip to hip along the natural crease of the lower abdomen. For your reference, traditional c-section scars are sometimes placed in this area.

Will my bikini cover my tummy tuck scar?

Bikinis come in all different shapes and sizes. But let’s say we’re discussing a standard bikini bottom. A straightforward bikini bottom usually provides coverage for the panty line area. In this case, yes, a bikini should be able to hide any tummy tuck scarring. Very low or “barely-there” bikini bottoms may not completely conceal the scar. If you are concerned about your bathing suit, Dr. Morales can discuss tummy tuck incision placement during your initial body contouring assessment in Houston, TX.

We do everything to get the best scar outcomes

Scarring is a natural response to getting an incision or wound. It’s important to understand that the length and width of tummy tuck scars vary from patient to patient. However, the specialists at Morales Plastic Surgery do everything we can to make any resulting scars less visible. We are known for being very meticulous with skin closure and wound care. One of the best ways to feel comfortable about future scarring is to look at our before and after photos. This can give you a good understanding of what to expect after a tummy tuck.

How to make scars less visible

Factors like genetics and age play a role in how fast scars heal and fade over time. However, there are things you can do to speed the healing process at home. This includes:

  • Adhere to our tummy tuck incision and scar care guidelines

  • No tanning or exposing your incisions to direct sunlight

  • Avoid irritating chemicals, clothes, and products

  • After the incision heals, moisturize the area to soften the skin

Learn more about incision placement

Summer is a great time to enjoy a new bikini body. When you want to treat loose abdominal skin and fat pockets around your belly, turn to Dr. Rolando Morales at Morales Plastic Surgery. Our team is fully trained in incision care and makes every effort to make sure you are happy with your results. Learn more about our body contouring processes by scheduling a tummy tuck appointment in Houston, TX. We look forward to helping you feel confident in bikinis and bathing suits.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.