Stretch mark removal surgery – the facts
Stretch marks, or striae, are a form of skin scarring that occurs when the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that helps it stay elastic, is stretched more than it can tolerate. This causes the connective fibres in that layer to break, leaving scarring.
Stretch marks most often occur during or after pregnancy, as the skin on the abdomen stretches when the baby grows. Almost three in four women will experience stretch marks after having a baby – while they most common appear on the belly, they may also appear on the thighs, arms, buttocks and breasts.
Other people who may be affected include people who have gained or lost significant amounts of weight in a short time, bodybuilders, young people who have undergone a growth spurt or those experiencing hormonal changes as a result of puberty.
If your stretch marks are particularly stubborn and can’t be faded with creams or laser removal, you may be thinking about stretch mark removal surgery.
Stretch mark removal surgery
Stretch mark removal surgery completely and permanently removes stretch marks. It may seem an extreme option for something that doesn’t actually pose any risk to your health, but for some it’s worth it to get rid of the anxiety and insecurity they feel about their appearance. If your stretch marks are too stubborn to get rid of using other methods, this may be your best choice.
Currently, the only effective form of stretch mark removal surgery is abdominoplasty, or a ‘tummy tuck’. During the procedure, abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed, eliminating all stretch marks below the navel.
If your stretch marks are on another area of your body, unfortunately it won’t be possible to have them surgically removed. Another thing to consider is that stretch mark removal surgery is only performed on patients ho are good candidates for a tummy tuck.