How Does a Tummy Tuck Affect Stretch Marks?
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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Patients frequently seek a Tummy Tuck procedure to remove stubborn excess fat and skin from the abdominal area after significant weight loss or pregnancy. The goal of a tummy tuck is to create a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the skin in the abdominal region. Getting a tummy tuck can help patients regain their confidence after childbirth or losing a significant amount of weight.
A Tummy Tuck is perfect for men and women who want to eliminate unwanted skin and fat. A tummy tuck is not a replacement for weight loss. To qualify for a tummy tuck, you must be at your ideal weight before getting the procedure done. Plastic surgeons advise mothers wanting to get this procedure to wait at least a year after giving birth before getting a tummy tuck done.
Tummy Tucks & Stretch Marks
Another factor that can lead to a decrease in confidence and is quite common among men and women are stretch marks. Stretch marks are visible lines that are formed when the skin is stretched or shrunken too quickly, causing collagen fibers to break. While these stretch marks are harmless, they can cause insecurity for a patient. A tummy tuck can remove stretch marks if they are in the right area but cannot correct them.
During a tummy tuck, the excess skin located below the belly button and above the bikini line is removed. Any stretch marks located in this area will be removed along with the skin. The stretch marks that are above the belly button are moved down as the skin is lifted and repositioned during a tummy tuck procedure. However, stretch marks located outside of this area will remain untouched and cannot be removed with a tummy tuck.
While eliminating stretch marks is not the primary reason for getting a tummy tuck procedure, patients will receive the added benefit of getting stretch marks removed if they are in the right spot. It is important to note that there will be a minimally visible scar left from the surgery. This scar is placed discreetly to be hidden by underwear or bathing suits. And with proper care, scars will fade over time.
A tummy tuck is a major plastic surgery procedure and should not be done just to get rid of stretch marks. However, a tummy tuck is perfect for those patients looking to tighten muscles and remove excess fat and skin. The procedure can also shape the body contour and eliminate most stretch marks between the belly button and pubic bone, helping patients regain their confidence.