There are countless creams, gels and medications that claim to reduce or remove stretch marks, but there is only one way to permanently get rid of your stretch marks. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes skin tissue from the lower abdomen which is where many women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. The stretch marks will be gone forever, but keep in mind this removal comes with a cost; You will have a scar across your lower abdomen from hip to hip, but this scar is often along your panty line and can be hidden.
Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck, but it's important to consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing either procedure. Sometimes lipo can worsen the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. The only way to fix your stretch marks is through skin removal. Men and women also undergo a tummy tuck after weight loss to get rid of both excess skin and stretch marks.
What Else Can a Tummy Tuck Do?
There are three main objectives a tummy tuck focuses on to contour your body and remove unsightly stretch marks including:
- Remove excess skin tissue from below the naval and along the pubic area, remaining skin is pulled down. Any residual stretch marks are less noticeable due to skin tightening.
- Tighten your abdominal wall where the muscles have been extended and improve the contour of your body by flattening the abdomen.
- Reposition lax muscles and pull them in toward your midline to give your waistline an hourglass shape.
If you're tired of stretch marks and want to know more about tummy tucks, please contact our plastic surgeon in Maryland today at 301-567-6767 to schedule your initial consultation. Bella Cosmetic Surgery serves clients in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia.