Martin B. Weiss, M.D., FACS
I am a 41 year old female. I had exploratory surgery 16 years ago along with 3 C-sections. I have a scar from the exploratory surgery that is approximately 6 to 7 inches long, starting about 1 ½ inches above my belly button. Is it possible to get a tummy tuck with this scar being in this position?
Assuming that you are otherwise healthy and a candidate for surgery in general, you would be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). If your C-section scar is a low transverse incision, it could be used for your abdominoplasty incision. Additionally, most and possibly all of your exploratory surgery vertical scar would be removed with the tummy tuck. If you are planning future pregnancies, you should wait until you have completed your family planning since further pregnancies would alter the results of your tummy tuck.