Many people who are looking into tummy tucks in Loveland and beyond also have stretch marks, whether from childbearing or obesity. Many of patients are as interested in getting rid of the stretch marks as well as the extra folds of skin. As the Colorado Front Range’s plastic surgery experts, we have great information on this topic. In this blog, we will discuss how tummy tucks interact with stretch marks.
Firstly, what is a stretch mark?
- A stretch mark occurs when rapid growth pulls or stretches your skin. If the skin is stretched too rapidly, its production of collagen gets disrupted, and scars form. These scars are what we call stretch marks. This means that you cannot get rid of stretch marks by relieving the skin’s tension – the scars are simply there.
What can a tummy tuck do?
- The primary purpose of the tummy tuck operation is to eliminate excess folds of skin and fat. If a stretch mark happens to land on the skin being removed, it will be eliminated, too. As you can see, stretch mark elimination is a byproduct of the tummy tuck, not the purpose. The good news is, a majority of stretch marks occur below the navel, which means that a tummy tuck can address them.
What can be done about other stretch marks?
- This is a perfect conversation to have with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte! Until you make an appointment, here is some basic information
- Beyond tummy tucks, laser removal is the other major solution to stretch marks. It can completely remove most scars and significantly reduce the visibility of the most stubborn marks.
Make an appointment at our Loveland office today to start a conversation!