Is It Possible to Get New Stretch Marks After a Tummy Tuck?

I had a tummy tuck done 10 months ago and I see that new stretch marks are appearing above my belly button. Is it possible that they are because of the skin that was streched or maybe i am gaining weight and my stomach is stretching back. What should I do?

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Tummy Tuck does NOT cause Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching of the skin leading to actual cracks in its major layer-the dermis. These cracks fill with vascularized scar tissue which progressively loses the blood vessels and becomes white.

A Tummy Tuck removed all loose lower tummy skin. Any stretch marks higher than the level of the original belly button are usually left behind. I think you are seeing stretch marks you were not noticing before OR you have gained a significant amount of weight since the surgery which has accentuated existing or caused new stretch marks.


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Tummy Tuck does NOT cause Stretch Marks

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Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching of the skin leading to actual cracks in its major layer-the dermis. These cracks fill with vascularized scar tissue which progressively loses the blood vessels and becomes white.

A Tummy Tuck removed all loose lower tummy skin. Any stretch marks higher than the level of the original belly button are usually left behind. I think you are seeing stretch marks you were not noticing before OR you have gained a significant amount of weight since the surgery which has accentuated existing or caused new stretch marks.


Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Stretch marks after tummy tuck

Only you would know if you are gaining weight. It is rare to see stretch marks as a result of surgery but it does occur.

Stretch marks after tummy tuck

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Only you would know if you are gaining weight. It is rare to see stretch marks as a result of surgery but it does occur.

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