As swimsuit season approaches, you may be happy your exercise routine and killer diet are burning fat, even in your hard-to-target stomach area. But maybe your stomach still doesn't look as good as you would like. If you have slack muscles, stretch marks, and loose skin, sometimes no amount of work on your part can achieve a beach-ready belly. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can help with all these problems, but maybe you're afraid the scar might be visible unless you restrict yourself to only a few types of swimsuits. It is true that a tummy tuck will leave a scar. For men, the scar from a tummy tuck is almost always concealed by swimsuits. For women, it may not be concealed by all the styles on display at Victoria's Secret swimwear, but a tummy tuck will actually increase your options. Typically, the scar from an abdominoplasty starts around the hip bone on one side, descends into the pubic region in the middle, and ends around the other hip bone. Take a look at our abdominoplasty gallery to see examples. It is placed below the waistband of most underwear, and easily concealed by most bikini bottoms. A quick rule of thumb if you are looking at swimsuits is that if you can see the hip bones of the model: A) she's too skinny, and B) you won't be able to wear those bottoms after your tummy tuck. This usually means that most low-rise bottoms and string bikinis will be out. Unless your incision heals really well, which does happen sometimes. But on the other hand, you probably wouldn't have felt comfortable wearing them before your tummy tuck, either. And the good news is you won't have to worry as much about concealing your belly. You won't be as limited to control tops, tankinis, and one-pieces. You can wear them, and look better in them than before, but you can also add more options. Revealing monokinis and many types of bikinis become good options. Boyshorts, skirted bottoms, many scoop bottoms, traditional bikinis, most anything with a full or moderate back, and anything with a high rise waist are all good options. Once you start trying out your options, you will probably be amazed at how good you look in suits you would never have considered before. If you want to discuss scars or any other concerns you may have about tummy tucks or other plastic surgery procedures, schedule a body contouring consultation with New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.