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Can a Tummy Tuck help cure my stretch marks from being pregnant?

February 8, 2014

One thing is abundantly clear about stretch marks and that is that absolutely no cream or topical ointments exist to remove them. Stretch marks are scars that occur within the substance of the skin when it is exposed to excessive stretching or shearing force. The abdominal area develops stretch marks during pregnancy due to the stretching of the skin by the growing fetus in the womb. Just as no cream exists to erase scars on the skin, none exists to eliminate stretch marks either although there are many products on the market that claim to do so.

A tummy tuck will remove about 90% of stretch marks from the abdominal wall. As a rule of thumb, all the stretch marks below the level of the belly button will be removed with the large piece of skin and fat that is discarded during the tummy tuck surgery. Moreover, the stretch marks that are above the belly button get pulled far down on the abdomen, just above the pubic area as part of the tummy tuck procedure. This means that about 90% of your stretch marks are removed completely and the rest shift to a much less visible area. It truly is fair to say that tummy tuck surgery is the only cure for abdominal stretch marks.


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