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Angelo Cuzalina, MD

Will a Tummy Tuck Eliminate Stretch Marks?

Woman With Stretch MarksA tummy tuck may be an ideal procedure for someone who recently lost a significant amount of weight — or for a mother who recently gave birth — and now has sagging or excess skin. Oftentimes, those who are good candidates for tummy tucks have stretch marks they’d like to remove as well.
When weight is rapidly lost or gained, your skin may be unable to keep up with the change and tear as a result. This leads to the appearance of stretch marks that, compounded with loose skin, can leave you feeling self-conscious about your physical appearance.

Stretch Marks and Tummy Tucks

It’s a common question tummy tuck candidates have for their plastic surgeons: Will a tummy tuck eliminate stretch marks? The answer is typically no, but in some cases it can.

During a tummy tuck our plastic surgeons will remove excess skin below your navel, giving you a flatter and more toned stomach. If your stretch marks are located below the navel, they will be removed along with your excess skin. Unfortunately, stretch marks on skin that’s located on or above the navel won’t be removed during your tummy tuck.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?

Just because a tummy tuck may not eliminate your stretch marks doesn’t mean you should write off the procedure. Tummy tucks can drastically change the physique of someone who:

  • Wants a slimmer midsection
  • Has difficulty losing weight in their stomach
  • Has a bulging or protruded belly even though they are otherwise healthy
  • And, as previously mentioned, has excess skin following weight loss or pregnancy

In these cases, a tummy tuck can revive your body and confidence, and inspire you to live a healthier life in order to maintain your results.

To further improve your appearance, a tummy tuck may also be performed as part of a mommy makeover, which is a combination of procedures designed to help mothers fine-tune their bodies after birth. Mommy makeovers often include:

Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

While many patients seek tummy tucks for cosmetic reasons, the procedure can correct medical issues as well. A flabby stomach can cause complications beyond your physical appearance. Skin that’s stretched further than it should has likely also stretched your underlying connective tissues and abdominal muscles, which can lead to a host of health problems in addition to a change in your form.

During a tummy tuck procedure, our plastic surgeons will remove your excess skin and tighten what’s underneath the skin in an effort to strengthen your abdominal walls. This can minimize health issues caused by pregnancy or weight loss, such as:

  • Bladder problems, including urinary incontinence
  • Vertical hernias that have broken through your abdominal walls
  • A weakened abdomen that effects your balance, posture and coordination

Get a Tummy Tuck in Tulsa

Whether you’re seeking a tummy tuck for cosmetic or medical reasons, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina and the team at Tulsa Surgical Arts can help you achieve your treatment goals. Call 918-392-7900 to schedule a consultation.

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