Stretch marks are a common concern that we often associate with pregnancy. These marks, a form of scarring, can result from several factors. Some of the reasons that stretch marks develop include extraordinary weight fluctuation, especially over a short period, pregnancy, rapid muscle gain, and genetics. When the skin stretches significantly or quickly, small ruptures occur in the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. These ruptures then appear on the skin as pink, red, or silver lines. Here, we discuss some of the common approaches to stretch marks and how a tummy tuck may help.
Treating Stretch Marks the Right Way
Knowing that stretch marks are a type of scarring may help uncover the merit of various treatments. Historically, doctors have directed patients to apply a scar or stretch mark cream to affected areas. Patients often report that these solutions are ineffective. This could be because topical ointments and creams do not penetrate deeply enough to repair the scars.
Tummy tuck surgery, known as abdominoplasty, corrects laxity in the abdominal muscle and skin. Surgical muscle tightening results in a toned appearance. Skin-tightening over the muscle creates a smooth surface. It is this step that can improve the appearance of stretch marks. In addition to reducing or eliminating stretch marks, a tummy tuck provides benefits such as:
- A flatter, slimmer midsection
- Hernia repair
- Repair of diastasis recti, which are separated abdominal muscles
- Proper belly button positioning
- Elimination of C-section scar
- Achieve an hourglass figure
Tummy Tuck Surgery is a Customized Procedure
A tummy tuck may seek to achieve the relatively general goal of flattening and tightening the midsection, but each procedural technique is unique to the patient. Not everyone needs a full tummy tuck, in which a hip-to-hip incision is made to tighten the lower to mid-abdomen. Some patients can achieve excellent results with a mini tummy tuck, in which a shorter incision may be made to tighten the area below the belly button. Finally, some people need an extended tummy tuck, in which the incision wraps slightly around the sides to remove excess flank tissue.