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Can a Tummy Tuck Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

Thanks to its ability to bring together separated abdominal muscles, tummy tuck surgery is a very popular treatment option to incorporate into a Mommy Makeover. A tummy tuck, commonly known as “abdominoplasty,” can have a range of positive effects on the body, such as slimming the waistline and allowing a sleeker, firmer abdomen. This procedure can be an ideal technique to remove loose, excess skin in the abdominal area, as well as to achieve a more toned-looking midsection. That said, there are some misconceptions regarding the types of improvements possible with tummy tuck surgery. Many patients ask plastic surgeon, Jon Paul Trevisani, MD, FACS whether abdominoplasty is an effective procedure to address stretch marks following pregnancy or weight loss.

Stretch marks are considered a near universal concern for women who have had children, and often develop on the abs, buttocks, or thighs. These marks usually appear in response to the skin rapidly stretching to accommodate changing body contours and can be difficult to remove with abdominoplasty. There’s only so much excess skin that can be trimmed with the procedure and surgery cannot remove stretch marks outside of the region targeted for skin removal. Therefore, a tummy tuck cannot get rid of all stretch marks but may be able to remove the stretch marks on the section of skin planned for excision. This area is typically located below the navel. Unfortunately, abdominoplasty cannot address other stretch marks on the hips, thighs, or buttocks. If you’re uncomfortable with your stretch marks, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can recommend effective treatments and procedures that may help you restore a smoother look to the skin.

While living with stretch marks can be frustrating, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will examine your concerns and give you a better understanding of whether a tummy tuck is capable of achieving your goals. Contact The Aesthetic Surgery Centre in Orlando to schedule an appointment at our practice and to learn more about abdominoplasty.