A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can help improve the appearance of stretch marks in the lower abdominal area, particularly those located below the belly button. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the extent of improvement that can be achieved.

During a tummy tuck procedure, the excess skin in the lower abdomen is removed, which can often include the area where stretch marks are present. This removal of loose and stretched skin can lead to a reduction in the visibility of stretch marks. Additionally, if the stretch marks are located on the portion of skin that is being excised, they may be removed along with the skin.

However, it’s important to note the following:

  1. Limited Impact: While a tummy tuck can help with stretch marks in the lower abdomen, it may not completely eliminate all stretch marks, especially those located above the belly button or on other parts of the body.
  2. New Stretch Marks: If you gain or lose weight after the tummy tuck, new stretch marks could potentially develop on the remaining skin.
  3. Scar Placement: The incision for a tummy tuck will leave a scar, which is usually placed low on the abdomen. While the scar can fade over time, it’s important to discuss scar placement and healing with your surgeon.
  4. Combination with Other Treatments: Some individuals choose to combine a tummy tuck with additional treatments, such as laser therapy or topical treatments, to further improve the appearance of stretch marks.
  5. Individual Variation: The outcome of stretch mark reduction can vary based on factors such as your skin’s elasticity, the severity of the stretch marks, and the specific techniques used during the procedure.

If your primary goal is to address stretch marks, it’s important to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They can evaluate your individual situation, discuss your goals, and provide recommendations for the most appropriate procedures and treatments to achieve your desired results.