Stretch marks are scars that leave lines of pink, red, or purple marks on skin that has been stretched too quickly. This stretching is often a result of quick weight gain during pregnancy or bodybuilding. The skin’s dermis layer splits and creates these scars, known as striae. Some topical skin care products can help to reduce the appearance of light stretch marks, or help to prevent the appearance all together if used properly and at the right time. However, large and dark marks often require stretch mark removal methods that are more drastic. Permanent stretch mark removal is only possible by surgical methods, one of these being the tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty, or commonly know as the tummy tuck, is a surgery that is used to remove stretch marks by removing the excess skin, thus removing the stretch marks. This can be a permanent cosmetic solution for those who are troubled by their stretch marks. Before you decide if this is the right surgery for you, you must first find out if you are a candidate and if abdominoplasty is the right surgery for you. A reputable doctor and clinic should be consulted and they will review your case to determine if there are any conditions that would preclude you from a tummy tuck to remove stretch marks. You will also want to call your insurance company to see if this procedure is something they cover, but more than likely, they will not cover a tummy tuck for stretch marks.<
An abdominoplasty can help with permanent stretch mark removal by removing or pulling the skin taut in the area needing treatment. The tummy tuck is often outpatient surgery, but there are times where you may need to stay overnight. During the surgery, the doctor removes excess skin and pulls the rest down to be attached, making for a tighter, smoother stomach. If you happen to have stretch marks below your belly button alone, you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. A mini abdominoplasty results in fewer scars from the surgery. Both ways, a tummy tuck will take several hours and recovery can last a week or more. Tummy tuck’s are not inexpensive, so be sure you can comfortable afford a few thousand dollars for this form of stretch mark removal.
Choosing a permanent stretch mark removal method may seem extreme to some people, but for others it is a boost to their self-esteem. Scarring has varied effects on individuals and can lead to low self-image. It is important to choose what is right for you and what will make you feel better about yourself. Of course, this decision must be balanced with your budget. Another option for permanent removal is laser surgery, but this is often more expensive, if not more so than the tummy tuck. There is a lot less risk involved with laser surgery, and this should be considered as one of your options. Whatever your decision, make sure to do your research and find a reputable doctor and clinic. Read reviews online and ask for referrals as well as setting up interviews with several before making a decision.