Can A Tummy Tuck Reduce The Look Of Stretch Marks?

closeup of woman's stomach

There are many reasons why you may wish to have a tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty. Because a tummy tuck targets and removes excess skin and fat, this procedure can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks — but this depends on the location of the stretch marks on your abdomen.

What Is A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that targets excess or loose skin around the abdomen, as well as stubborn fat around the stomach and hips that may not respond to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Candidates for tummy tuck surgery may be those who have lost a substantial amount of weight, and whose weight loss has resulted in excess skin; individuals who are having difficulty losing weight around their midsection; or those who are struggling to regain a tight, toned midsection following a pregnancy.

An abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell will lift the abdominal skin and repair any weakened abdominal muscles. Excess skin is then trimmed and stitched together, and also makes a new opening for the belly button. This must be done since the skin is tightened. Without the new opening, the belly button won’t be in a natural position.

What Are Stretch Marks?

A stretch mark is a type of scar that is formed when the skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Stretch marks often look like streaks on the skin. This can result from rapid weight gain or loss or can result from dramatic changes such as pregnancy. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body where dramatic weight gain or loss, or a rapid change in muscle mass, has occurred, but are most commonly seen on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, and thighs.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are caused not only by a dramatic change in body weight and shape but also by an increase in cortisone. A family history of stretch marks can also increase your likelihood of developing them, as can some adrenal gland disorders such as Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Is There A Way To Prevent Stretch Marks?

Avoiding rapid weight fluctuations is the best way to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks, but this is not always possible. The skin stretching experienced by pregnant women, for instance, is unavoidable. Those who are experiencing rapid weight fluctuations and body changes, like pregnant women, should ensure they remain hydrated and apply moisturizer to help prevent the collagen damage that results in stretch marks.

Is There A Way To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks Without Surgery?

Retinoid creams help rebuild the collagen in your skin and may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, especially if they are relatively new. Glycolic acid creams and peels may also be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, as can laser treatments that stimulate collagen or elastin production.

closeup of woman's stomach after tummy tuck

Will A Tummy Tuck Help Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?

A tummy tuck can help eliminate or reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but this will depend on the location of the stretch marks on your body. Generally, if stretch marks appear below the navel, they are reduced or eliminated by a tummy tuck surgery. But if stretch marks appear above the navel, their appearance may not be impacted by this type of surgery.

What Are Some Other Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck?

Even though a tummy tuck may not eliminate your stretch marks, there are several benefits to this type of cosmetic surgery. A tummy tuck eliminates loose skin and stubborn fat around the abdominal area and also restores muscles that have weakened or separated, resulting in a tighter tummy and a smoother shape, and a slimmer profile. Individuals who opt for a tummy tuck surgery will experience heightened self-confidence due to the elimination of excess skin and fat, which can often be embarrassing, and as a result of a more pleasing, symmetrical, smoother silhouette.

Individuals who have given birth may consider a tummy tuck procedure as part of a “mommy makeover” after their pregnancy. A mommy makeover may include a tummy tuck, as well as a breast augmentation or breast lift, and liposuction.

In addition to aesthetic benefits, a tummy tuck procedure can have medical benefits, as well. In repairing abdominal muscles that may have become weakened or separated, tummy tuck patients may experience improved posture and a reduction in back pain. Tummy tucks can also help relieve urinary incontinence, particularly among those who have recently given birth.

Why Choose SpaMedica For Your Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Mulholland and Dr. Bell have both been in practice for over two decades and personally perform or oversee all of the best tummy tucks in Toronto at SpaMedica. From your initial consultation to your post-surgery recovery, you can be assured that you are in experienced, qualified, capable hands.

by DR. STEPHEN MULHOLLAND

Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.
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