How Much of my Stretch Marks Will Be Removed with a Tummy Tuck? (photo)

I'm skinny, with some extra skin from 2 pregnancy. The extra skin does not bother me as much as all the stretch marks. I have them mostly on my hips, and some under my belly button. The stretch marks on my hips are the most noticeable, so I would love to get rid of those at least. I'm 5'4 and 110 pounds, under 25 years old. I was hoping to get rid of most stretch marks and extra skin with a tummy tuck but would like to get some advice first.

Doctor Answers 14

A tummy tuck will eliminate some stretch marks below the belly button

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Some stretch marks can be eliminated with procedures that involve skin removal like a tummy tuck. Many of the stretch marks below the belly button can be eliminated through tummy tuck surgery, but this will not eliminate stretch marks on your hips or on any skin left behind. If you have excess hanging skin on your hips or thighs, some of the stretch marks on your thighs can be eliminated through additional procedures like a thigh lift surgery. If the stretch marks are red or pink in color, there are laser treatments that may be able to make stretch marks less visible by reducing the pigmentation.

Stretch Marks and Abdominoplasty

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It is impossible to tell you precisely how much skin, and therefore how many stretch marks, will be removed during a tummy tuck.  In general, the lower the stretch marks the more likely they are to be removed and the looser your skin the more that can be removed.  Also, there is more skin removed from the central part of the abdomen and as you proceed outward toward the hip bones the amount of skin removal decreases.  Your best information will come from a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Richard Kofkoff, MD, FACS
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Stretch marks...

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the good news is that most of the stretch marks are below the belly-button. That means that most of them can be removed with full tummy-tuck.


best wishes,



How Much of my Stretch Marks Will Be Removed with a Tummy Tuck?

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Thanks for your question. It would be important to know if future pregnancies are likely, as you would want to put off any TT until you have finished having babies. In most cases, but not all, if you draw a line from each hipbone to the belly button, the stretch marks below those two lines will be removed. But in your particular case, without an exam or photos, we can't give you a specific answer.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Stretch Marks - TT

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Hello. Stretch marks that are below your BB will disappear with TT . Unfortunately, the ones that are on your hips may not be removed because the resection of the skin does not get to that point .

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Stretchmark removal on hips

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A tummy tuck can certainly remove stretch marks but it can only target those that are located below the belly button. It may minimize the appearance of others, like those on your hips, although they won't be completely removed unfortunately.

You may want to consider a nonsurgical treatment instead for those on your hips. Microneedling and laser-based treatments have helped our patients. Results may take longer and can be unpredictable. Best of luck.

1540 Laser Better Than Tummy Tuck For Hip Stretch Marks

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Thank you for your question and photograph. You are very thin and fit and do not have a lot of loose skin.

Because you have so little excess skin a tummy tuck will not remove most of your stretch marks as only a mini could be done.

Since the stretch marks that bother you are the ones on your hip, and these cannot be removed with a tummy tuck, Laser treatments with the 1540 fractional erbium non-ablative laser is a better option for you in my opinion.

Nothing can remove stretch marks entirely other than surgical excision in the course of a tummy tuck. However the 1540 fractional erbium non-ablative laser is the only laser I have seen can actually improve the appearance of stretch marks.

You will need 4-5 treatment scheduled a month apart, and eventually the laser treatments will reduce the with of the stretch marks, make them smaller, and lighten the color to white. Please see the link below.

What can be done about Stretch Marks on the waistline?

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When it comes to Stretch Marks of the abdomen, or anywhere on the body, there have been many, many treatments that have been tried.  Creams, lasers, magic potions, radiofrequency, etc..... none of which have had any significant effect.  Fortunately, when the stretch marks are on the lower abdomen, they can often be removed with the extra skin during a tummy tuck.  The stretch marks of your lateral waistline might be able to be removed if the tummy tuck scar is extended further around your waistline, possible all of the way around in the form of a lower body lift.  This of course is only possible if you have sufficient skin laxity in this area to allow for this skin removal.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Can I get rid of the stretch marks?

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Thank you for your questions and for the photographs.  Your photographs reveal stretch marks that go relatively high up on the hips.  A full tummy tuck does well removing tissue from the belly button and below, but removes less  tissue as it extends out toward the hips.  In consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon the physician can perform a pinch test to give you an idea of how much skin can be removed.

In my own practice in the mid portion of the abdomen I can usually remove skin from the pubic area to the bellybutton.  Depending on the skin laxity sometimes we can remove even more. Based on your photographs it would be difficult to remove all of the stretch marks from your hips, but you might see some degree of improvement.


Best wishes as you explore your options.

Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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How to know how much/many of the stretch marks will be removed

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Thank you for the photos that accompany your post.  Your positioning, with the arms up over your head, distorts how much loose/extra skin you might have, so it is a little uncertain as to how much skin will need to be removed.  In general, only the stretch marks that are actually cut out go away.  I know that sounds obvious, but it is not always clear to patients.  The central part of the abdomen, possibly all of the skin between the bellybutton and the pubic hair region is where most of the skin will be removed.  Therefore, the largest reduction in stretch marks will be in that region.  Unfortunately, the stretch marks are fairly extensive out at the lateral abdomen and hips.  Unless your skin is super loose, the majority of those will probably remain.  As usual, and in person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be your best option with regard to trying to figure that out.  By the way, it looks like you might have a small bellybutton hernia, but that can be fixed at the time of abdominoplasty.  Best of luck to you.

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