Does full tummy tuck remove stretch marks? (Photo)

I have added the photo of the stretch marks

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Stretch Marks and Tummy Tuck

The stretch marks that are on the skin that gets removed will be gone.  The marks above the belly button will still be there but because the skin is stretched tighter they will look a better.  Stretch marks come from tears from the underneath part of you skin and so far there is no technology or technique that completely erases them although there are some things you can do to make them a little better.

Worcester Plastic Surgeon
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Stretch Marks

A typical full abdominoplasty patient is at or near their ideal weight and is looking for help in removing excess skin and tightening of the abdominal wall after they are done bearing children. It can be a powerful procedure that can remove excess skin and stretch marks from below the belly button and tighten the belly muscles. The trade off is a scar in the bikini line that extends hip to hip and a scar around the belly button.

Realistic expectations are important however. 

A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical option. Consultation with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery would be the next best step. 

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Tummy tuck and stretch marks

A tummy tuck will remove the stretch marks between the belly button and the pubic area. It will then pull the remaining stretch marks lower on the abdomen by the eventual scar. It will remove a majority but not all the stretch marks in your picture.

Ryan Hoffman, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Stretch marks

Hello. A full TT will only remove some of your stretch marks. The remaining SMs will be quite visible from the photos that you've submitted. 


Stretch Marks

The stretch marks between your belly button and the pubic area can be removed at the time of a tummy tuck. Any stretch marks above the belly button will be relocated towards the incision line. Best wishes. 

Stretch marks and tummy tuck

Most stretch marks between the umbilicus and pubic area  will be removed with a full tummy tuck.  This above the umbilicus are often pulled down lower.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

Hello and thank you for your question. Based on your photograph, you are a great candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction.  This can be done through a low and short incision, all completely below the bikini line.  Your muscles can also be plicated resulting in a flat abdomen.  Make sure you specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have had this surgery performed by your surgeon and evaluate their results.  The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Stretch marks after a tummy tuck

Thank you for your question. A tummy tuck is a great procedure for removing excess skin and fat and it will give you a nice flat tummy. Unfortunately, a tummy tuck will not remove all of your stretch marks. The stretch marks that are above the belly button cannot be completely removed while those below it can be.  A tummy tuck could remove some from the skin that is removed but ultimately, you will still see some of your stretch marks after your tummy tuck. 

Does a full tummy tuck remove stretch marks?

Thank you for your question.  The answer is yes!  A full tummy tuck will remove the majority of the stretch marks on your belly.

A tummy tuck will NOT remove stretch marks that are above your belly button.  But stretch marks below the belly button (where the majority of stretch marks occur) should all be included in the skin that is removed from your belly during your tummy tuck.

So in other words, a full tummy tuck gets rid of most or all stretch marks, but if you have any above the belly button, those will remain after surgery.  In your photo, I see stretch marks in both areas, so you will still have some remain in your upper abdomen.  Best of luck!

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