Body contouring procedures for massive weight loss patients are all based on a similar principle: you are trading the extra hanging, loose skin for a much better contour and shape at the expense of scars. The more skin that is removed, the longer the scars will be. By far and away, the majority of massive weight loss patients feel that this is a very worthwhile trade. Since the scars can often be situated within the bra and panty line, and those that are not can be placed inconspicuously.
The degree of scarring is an unpredictable part of any surgery. It is impossible to cut through the full thickness of the skin and not have a scar. Our surgeons have published numerous scientific papers about the scarring process and wound healing, and will do everything possible to minimize scarring. To a large extent, however, scarring is determined by your genetics. If you are prone to hypertrophic (wide, raised) scars or keloids, make sure to inform your surgeon ahead of time. Our surgeons will use all the available techniques to minimize your scars based on their extensive research experience on hypertrophic scarring.
Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. After six weeks, scars are very strong and can withstand any activity. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely. It takes 1-2 years for a scar to completely heal. Make sure to apply sunscreen containing zinc-oxide to your scars for six months so that they do not darken due to increased pigmentation.