Will a Tummy Tuck Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

A tummy tuck is the perfect procedure for women who have very loose skin and excess fat around their midsection. Whether this was a result of a pregnancy or from losing a lot of weight, the skin and fat can be removed during a tummy tuck procedure. In some cases, it can also get rid of stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a common problem for women who have had multiple pregnancies, or those who have lost and gained weight rapidly. There still isn't a treatment for stretch marks but a tummy tuck can help to remove a portion of skin that is covered by stretch marks. If you work with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck procedure, he or she may can identify the most problematic areas of skin and remove those over another patch of skin to get rid of stretch marks for good.

Tummy Tucks and Stretch Marks

Many women who have very loose skin around their stomach have a set of stretch marks on either side of their belly button, and also around their lower back. When the plastic surgeon removes the excess fat underneath these stretch marks, he or she can cut out an area of skin covered by stretch marks and pull it upward to create that tight and taut appearance. Most surgeons remove the skin between the belly button and the pubic area – which is where many women have stretch marks so you will see those stretch marks disappear after the surgery. If you don't have enough loose skin for a tummy tuck, you may be a better candidate for a mini-tummy tuck which only takes care of the skin right below the belly button.

Still, it's important to remember that there will always residual stretch marks that cannot be reversed or removed. You can discuss the potential drawbacks of the tummy tuck procedure during your consultation.