It is not uncommon for those with stretch marks, which are scar-like streaks on the skin, to look for a way to diminish their appearance. These marks can be quite common in the abdominal area due to microfractures of collagen fibers that make the skin less likely to shrink.
This situation is often experienced due to massive weight gain or pregnancy, due to the rapid stretching experienced by the skin. While there is a range of home-style solutions that can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks such as oils, creams, or even laser treatments, the results are never consistent enough to apply to everyone. As a result, many patients ask if a tummy tuck will help to get rid of stretch marks? Let’s explore this further.
First, We Need To Understand The Cause Of The Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are common in adolescents or people who experience weight gain and rapid weight loss. The fractured collagen in the skin stretches and loses its ability to contract. Stretch marks begin as a purple or red colour, eventually fading to white around the 12 to 18-month mark.
In some cases, bodybuilders may also experience some stretch marks if they gain or drop in size rapidly.
Can A Tummy Tuck Procedure Help?
A tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck procedure can be an effective way to get rid of stretch marks, but it will only be applicable to the areas of skin involved with the surgery. The tummy tuck procedure is often effective in reducing any bulge that has been caused by excess skin, fat or loose abdominal muscles creating a flatter and more shapely abdomen.
If the stretch marks sit on the skin below the belly button, they will likely be removed; however, those above the belly button will still be visible. The marks in this area may potentially be less noticeable, but results will vary from patient to patient.
What About Additional Scarring From The Procedure?
This is a fair question as surgery that may create scarring is counterintuitive when trying to minimise existing scarring. There will be a scar from the removal and tightening of abdominal skin that may run from hip bone to hip bone; however, the incision site is often low enough that any scarring can easily be hidden with underwear.
What Happens During The Tummy Tuck Procedure?
During a tummy tuck, excess skin below the navel is removed, which can often involve skin being moved to the lower part of the abdomen, which results in the hiding of stretch marks.
A full tummy tuck is the best option to remove the most stretch marks while creating a smoother, sleeker appearance for the navel.
Considering A Tummy Tuck And Curious About Its Effect On Your Stretch Marks?
If you have any further questions about the tummy tuck procedure or getting rid of stretch marks, we strongly recommend you book a consultation with Dr. Yunaev at the Breast & Body Clinic.
During this consultation, Dr. Yunaev will assess your current situation, discuss your goals with you, and determine the best course of action moving forward to help you achieve them. Contact the friendly team at Breast & Body Clinic today and set along the path to a body that fills you with joy and confidence.