Can Laser Treatments Erase Tummy Tuck Scars?

You did the work to get close to your target weight. You scheduled your tummy tuck surgery and went through with it. You’ve recovered, and now you’re ready for the moment. It might be at the beach, the pool at your gym, or at a backyard party that you’re hosting. We’re talking about “the reveal.” Anyone who has ever had a tummy tuck probably remembers this moment. It was the moment they got to show off their flawless, rejuvenated midsection with an entirely newfound sense of confidence.

The reveal is precious moment. It’s a testament to your dedication, and it’s a reward for all the work you did to get there. For some people, the reveal gets a little tainted by post-recovery scarring. The good news is that there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to address those inevitable little reminders of your tummy tuck surgery if you’re unhappy with them.

In this post, we’ll describe how we use laser treatments at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa as one of the options for improving the appearance of tummy tuck scars.

When to Start Thinking About Laser Treatments for Tummy Tuck Scars

When it comes to scars from a tummy tuck procedure or any other surgery, your body’s healing process via scarring goes through three basic stages:

  • Wound closure: During this initial stage of the healing process, your body produces fibers of structural proteins like collagen to help close the wound.
  • Building a foundation: Once the wound is closed, the body sends extra blood to the affected area to kickstart the healing and building of more collagen to protect the wound. It’s during this phase that the scar tissue usually changes color and starts hardening.
  • Scar maturity: In the late stages of scarring, some of the extra collagen begins to break down and can sometimes lead to a depression on the skin’s surface. This usually occurs within a year or two and will generally be a more permanent reflection of your scarring’s color and texture without any future skin care treatments.

Genetics, health, and age will all play a significant role in the way your scars heal and shape after a tummy tuck surgery. In general, we recommend waiting about a year after surgery before seeking laser scar reduction treatments.

Types of Laser Treatment to Treat Tummy Tuck Scars

Laser treatments will not completely erase the appearance of scarring, but two types of treatments can significantly improve it:

  • Laser resurfacing treatments: The most common type of laser treatment to correct the appearance of scarring, laser resurfacing treats tummy tuck scars by helping re-build collagen to improve skin texture and by targeting skin pigment to enhance color.
  • Vascular laser treatments: This type of laser treatment can be used to enhance the color and raised texture of scar tissue by using concentrated light energy to collapse blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface.

Want to Learn More about Tummy Tuck Surgery or Laser Treatments?

If you’re considering laser treatments, plastic surgery, or other cosmetic procedures, place your care in the hands of our board-certified, highly skilled doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

Contact us online, or call our plastic surgery practice in Vernon Hills, IL, at 847-367-8815 to schedule a consultation today!

Say Hello to Halo and Your Best Skin Ever

Blemishes can distract from even the most beautiful bone structure. That’s why we recommend incorporating medical skincare into your long-term beauty plan, even if you’re also planning to have cosmetic surgery. Procedures like Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Therapy can correct many stubborn skin problems that topical treatments can’t touch—safely, effectively, and with little downtime.

What is Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Therapy?

Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Therapy is the first laser skin treatment that blends ablative and non-ablative technology. Ablative lasers are used to exfoliate the skin; they create very tiny perforations in the skin’s surface, removing damaged cells and speeding up the rate of cellular renewal. Ablative lasers cause the skin cells that make up superficial blemishes, like age spots and fine lines, to evaporate. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, use light energy to gently heat up the water molecules inside skin cells. This stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that keeps our skin strong and healthy, without causing targeted skin cells to evaporate.

Combining these two technologies is advantageous because it permits extensive collagen synthesis and deep blemish removal while limiting downtime. Patients who have conventional ablative laser therapy often notice symptoms of redness and swelling for up to five days. After Halo laser therapy, these symptoms typically abate within just one to three days. Blending ablative and non-ablative lasers also cuts down on the amount of treatments patients need in order to create optimal results. Most patients need between six and eight non-ablative laser treatments to achieve the same results as just two Halo laser treatments.

What Conditions can the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Treat?

The Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser can be used by adults of all ages to improve the overall tone, firmness, and smoothness of the skin. At the Ritacca Laser Center, we use the Halo laser to treat all of the following skin conditions:

-Wrinkles, fine lines, and areas of loose skin. By increasing the production of collagen, the Halo laser makes the skin stronger, fuller, and more supple. This erases signs of aging associated with collagen loss; it also makes the skin more wrinkle-resistant.

-Sun damage. The Halo laser can remove most of the visible symptoms of UV damage, such as brown spots, freckles, and areas of rough, leathery skin. Laser treatments can also remove pre-cancerous cells, potentially reducing the patient’s risk of skin cancer.

Halo laser therapy is suitable for use on a wide range of skin types and tones. If you would like to assess whether or not you’re a good candidate for this innovative skin rejuvenation procedure, contact the Ritacca Laser Center to arrange a personal consultation. Our team of experienced, certified skincare experts will help you get the best skin of your life—without unwanted side-effects.

I purchased a hair removal package for my legs somewhere else and have gone through about 10 treatments but still have a lot of hair left. Why is this?

There could be a few different reasons for continuous hair growth. One could be the type of Intense Pulse light or laser used in your treatment, and also the spacing of your treatments within your package.  Intense Pulsed Light, which is very effective for many other treatments, doesn’t seem to produce the permanent hair removal results that we see from our laser, the Candela Gentlelase.  Intense Pulsed Light systems and certain lasers do not deliver as much energy to the hair follicle as the Gentlelase can.  We typically see about 90% permanent hair reduction after about 8 treatments.  Our experienced technicians use a very effective laser, the Candela Gentlelase, and space your treatments according to your hair growth cycle, leaving you with the best results possible.


-Susan Carey, L.E.