How To Improve Abdominoplasty Scars after Surgery – Scar Management Tips

After undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery, it’s crucial to understand that incision line scars require time to fully mature and settle. Patients who effectively manage their scars post-surgery tend to achieve more favorable outcomes. This is particularly significant for longer scars, such as those resulting from Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck procedures, diligent scar management is essential in ensuring optimal scar healing.

UPDATE – The Australian Government has reinstated a Medicare Item Number for Abdominoplasty for some post-pregnancy patients suffering from Diastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new criteria. This new Medicare Item Number -30175 – is effective 1st July 2022. Read the 30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet.

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This complete guide to Abdominoplasty surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
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Reducing your Abdominoplasty Scar after Surgery

To help reduce your scar after Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Surgery, your Surgeon takes special care to place the incision lines below the belt-line or pant-line (there are, however, some limitations).  Strategic incision line placement helps your Abdominoplasty scar appear less visible in swimsuits, underwear or lingerie.

  • It’s important that you care for your scar properly, especially for first several months following surgery.
  • Rest adequately – Don’t try to do too much too soon.
  • Be sure you alert your Surgeon if you have any incision line concerns. For example, potential infection or disturbance to your sutures.
  • If you develop an infection or if you disturb your sutures by lifting anything heavy (like a child) or exercising before you should you can compromise scar healing.
  • Take advantage of the Abdominoplasty scar treatments your Coco Ruby Surgeon provides.

ALL invasive surgeries, including Abdominoplasty and Breast Augmentation surgery WILL product a scar.

What else impacts an Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck scar after surgery?

  • Your skin’s innate healing capacity
    • Incision line healing can vary significantly from patient to patient.
    • Your overall skin health, laxity and skin age can impact your healing and your surgery scar formation.
  • Your genetics and skin type
    • Where you are on the Fitzpatrick scale impacts your tendency towards pigmentation and can impact scar formation (scar colour and potentially how raised the scar becomes).
    • A tendency towards keloid scarring.
  • What you’re eating or drinking will impact your healing and therefore, your scar.
    • Eat nutritiously and get plenty of fluid after surgery.
    • Be sure you’re eating enough of the right things to facilitate healing.
    • Both Pre-biotics and Pro-biotics may be helpful.
    • Check what your Recovery pack includes and be sure you follow your Surgeon’s instructions.
  • The activities you perform after surgery – such as lifting, exercise, child care or household chores.

What you do, as well as, how well you follow your Plastic Surgeon’s instructions after your operation will impact your scars, particularly whether or not you get the best possible scar results.

Know what to expect, and do ALL you can to help reduce the visibility of your scar. At Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery, we give our patients extra care and scar management treatments as part of their plastic surgery package.

Top Tips To Reduce Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Scar Visibility

It is best to ask your Plastic Surgeon for details, but in general, Abdominoplasty Surgery

  • Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions: Adhere closely to the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon. This will ensure proper wound care and optimal healing.
  • Keep the Incision Clean and Dry: Gently wash the incision area with mild soap and water, then pat it dry. Avoid harsh cleansers and keep the area free from excess moisture.
  • Protect Your Scar from the Sun: Sun exposure can darken scars and make them more noticeable. Cover your scar or use a high-SPF sunscreen when exposed to sunlight.
  • Use Scar Creams or Ointments: Over-the-counter scar creams and ointments can help reduce scar visibility. Look for products with ingredients like silicone, vitamin E, or Aloe Vera.
  • Silicone Sheets or Gel: Silicone products, such as sheets or gels, can be effective in reducing the appearance of scars. They create a barrier over the scar and help keep the skin hydrated.
  • Massage the Scar Tissue: Gently massage the scar tissue to improve blood circulation and promote tissue healing. Use a moisturizer or specialized scar cream while massaging.
  • Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial for the healing process. A balanced diet with adequate vitamins and minerals supports skin regeneration.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking can impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications. If you smoke quit smoking before and after surgery.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink enough water to keep your skin and body hydrated, which aids in overall healing.
  • Patience is Key: Scar healing is a gradual process. It may take many months (12-18months or more) for the scar to fade and mature. Be patient and consistent in your scar care routine.
  • Regular Follow-Up Appointments: Attend your follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and receive personalized advice.
  • Scar treatments: At Coco Ruby we offer patients Healite II treatments which might be helpful to have before and after surgery.

Remember that individual responses to surgery and scar healing can vary. If you have concerns about your scar’s appearance or the healing process, consult your plastic surgeon for guidance and care tailored to your specific needs.

Our Coco Ruby patients receive a Recovery pack to help after Surgery

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery Packages include a selection of useful products and treatments that may help reduce your visible Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck scar after surgery.

Coco Ruby patients benefit from several things in terms of cosmetic surgery scars: our Recovery pack and our skin clinic delivered special Scar Treatments.

  • The Coco Ruby unique Recovery pack contains products hand-selected to assist your healing processes over the first few weeks after your operation.
  • Some of the items in our Pack aid inner healing, whereas other products are to aid the skin and scar formation itself.

So, in addition to NOT overdoing it after surgery, for an Abdominoplasty scar you’ll likely want to take advantage of our in-house scar minimisation treatments.

  • These are typically included with your surgery package.
  • They are one of the many advantages of scheduling surgery with our Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne.
  • Check with your Surgeon and review your Quote for details.

Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Scar Minimisation Treatments at Coco Ruby Melbourne

Healite II Light Therapy


Healite II uses low-level light therapy (called LLLT) which may help photomodulate cellular function improving healing times and reducing pain, and promoting the rejuvenation of the skin. It’s even been used by some doctors right after plastic surgery procedures and is known to assist in healing wounds.

This amazing low-level light therapy treatment also has other handy uses. It can help treat acne and is sometimes used for sports injury management or during physiotherapy to treat muscular pain.

Dermapen Skin Needling

You might receive Dermapen Collagen Induction Treatment (CIT) – also known as skin needling – to help your scar heal or to help the scar become less visible.

VLaser or Fraxel Laser Therapy

Fraxel Laser Therapy is sometimes used as a scar minimisation treatment, either as a stand-alone treatment or combined with other treatments. If your surgeon may recommend Fraxel laser treatments to minimise your scar after surgery. If they do you will likely need several treatments spread apart by several weeks.

Our Abdominoplasty Surgeons

Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Melbourne MED0001537010

FRACS, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FRCSI, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRCS, Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

Dr Patrick Briggs is an internationally trained, Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years’ experience.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBodyFace and Gender Confirmation Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

If you want to find out more about this procedure book a consultation.

Mr Gary Kode Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964

MBCHB(Hons) – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (honours)
FRCS(SA) – Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
FRACS(Plast) Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Mr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

With over 33 years of experience in Plastic Surgery, he has performed approximately 25,000 procedures, spanning various areas of the body.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.

Coco Ruby Dr Craig Rubinstein Surgeon Melbourne

Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Melbourne
Master of Plastic Surgery (Melbourne)
FRACS (Plast) Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years of surgical experience.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.


Dr Broughton Snell Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)(Honours)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)Honours)
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

Dr Broughton Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.


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Last updated: 02/11/2023
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Dr Patrick Briggs
Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon Now based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an expert in Breast, Body and Blepharoplasty Surgery with a special interest in Gender Surgery - Top Surgery. Dr Briggs has been published widely in surgical literature; he is trained and experienced in all aspects of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Briggs’ extensive experience across multiple surgical fields has allowed him to refine his skills to produce optimum results for his patients. Combined with his experience, Dr Briggs continually attends conferences and seminars to extend his knowledge and training surrounding the latest and best surgical techniques and equipment. By doing so he is able to provide his patients with the highest level of care and skill ensuring quality results.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.