How to Minimize Scarring After your Tummy Tuck in New Jersey

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How to Minimize Scarring After your Tummy Tuck in New Jersey

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There are many reasons to be excited about having a tummy tuck in New Jersey. However, having a scar across your abdomen is likely not at the top of the list. The good news if you want a flatter tummy is that Dr. Gartner will work with you to determine the optimal position for an incision. Your surgery will be performed with a scar that is as short as possible and placed optimally to remain hidden by your clothing. You can follow thesehandy ‘do’s and dont’s’ to promote faster healing and minimize the visibility of your scar.


  • Don’t smoke. Nicotine reduces the capacity of your blood vessels, limiting the oxygen that is delivered to your tissues. As a result, healing can be greatly delayed, and your risk of infection will increase. In preparation for your New Jersey tummy tuck, you should quit smoking at least 4 weeks prior and continue to abstain from smoking or using nicotine products for at least 4-6 weeks after.
  • Don’t put strain on your incision. In the first few days, you’ll experience some tenderness, bruising and swelling around the incision on your abdomen. You’ll be provided with a compression garment to reduce the inflammation, and your surgeon will advise you about how to move and rest most comfortably, without pulling on the incision area. It’s best to sleep with head and shoulders slightly elevated,and knees bent to avoid tension in your midsection.

Scarring from a tummy tuck in New Jersey may vary, and if you have particular concerns based on your medical history or previous experience you can certainly discuss those with Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation. By following the above tips, you’ll have minimal scarring that continues to fade over time.

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  • Do follow Dr. Gartner’s recommendations to care for your incision. Following a tummy tuck in New Jersey, your incision will be covered with medical tapes, and over time they will loosen and fall off naturally. You can discuss with your surgeon whether siliconesheeting, gel or tape will be appropriate to continue protecting your incision after the steri-strips fall off.
  • Avoid infection risks. You can wash your incision with mild soap as part of your daily shower routine beginning the day after your surgery. You’ll need to avoid baths, swimming pools, and hot tubs. If the tapes come off early, avoid touching your incision unnecessarily, and let your surgeon know.
  • Stay hydrated. When returning home, Dr. Gartner will provide you with a prescription for a strong pain reliever to help you stay comfortable. If you’re experiencing soreness and tenderness, you may not want to get up to drink water and use the bathroom. However, staying hydrated is one of the most important steps you can take to support healing and minimize scar tissue. It’s also healthy for you to have light walks throughout the day to promote circulation, and walking to the kitchen or bathroom from time to time will be very beneficial.
  • Eat foods that promote healing. Protein is essential for rebuilding tissue after surgery. Lean meat, poultry, beans, soybeans,and fish contain the most protein, followed by yogurt, cheese, and eggs. These protein-rich foods are also good sources of zinc and iron, which promote tissue repair. Collagen is made from protein, and its production is supported by Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A can be easily incorporated through eating leafy, dark green vegetables, and Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits and juices.

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