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How bad is the scarring?

Q:

I'm 6'3 and weigh 300 pounds. I'm sure at this point if I'm to lose weight I'm going to need a tummy tuck. From the pictures I've seen there's an unsightly scar that looks like the person was cut in half. I have enough scars as is right now, with stretch marks and a scar going across my side from surgery I had done due to my kidney. I guess my question is between the size of my chest and stomach and so on, so, how bad will the scarring be?

A:

The appearance of the scar when healing is complete (about 1 year or so from surgery) will depend on your ethnicity, amount of tension in the closure, etc.  You should consult with a plastic surgeon who routinely performs this type of surgery and he/she will be able to give you a better idea about the likely appearance of the scar.

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