Some individuals with severe belly stretch marks may opt to have a tummy tuck to remove the unsightly scars. Read on to find out what happens during the procedure, what are the risks and benefits as well as the cost of having a tummy tuck for stretch mark removal.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck, is a medical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdominal area to tighten and contour the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Typically, a tummy tuck can dramatically corrects loose or sagging skin, tighten the abdominal muscles, as well as restore the sagging fatty belly to a firmer condition.
The procedure is sometimes combined with liposuction for the best possible results. A tummy tuck operation takes about 1-3 hours under a general anesthesia.
How Is A Tummy Tuck Procedure Done To Remove Stretch Marks?
The surgery procedure involves making an incision to remove loose skin, excessive fat and stretch marks that are located on the lower abdomen or below the belly button. The length of the incision is determined by the amount of loose skin that is to be removed. The incision lengths vary from as short as six inches (mini tummy tuck) to as long as the entire circumference of the waist (body lift). The most common incision length runs from hip to hip concealed beneath the bikini line.
A tummy tuck will not be able to remove stretch marks that are located on the upper abdomen however the scars maybe somewhat improved or smoothed out to be less visible.
What Are The Risks and Benefits of A Tummy Tuck?
Like every surgical procedure, a tummy tuck operation does carry risks. The possible risks include infections and scarring on the lower abdomen. However, infections are rare and scarring should be minimal and easy to conceal with clothing.
Some individuals may also experience bleeding under the skin which may require additional surgery stop the bleeding.
Considering the complications of any invasive medical procedure, it is therefore important that one seek a certified or qualified plastic surgeon for the procedure, as you will not want to put your life or beauty at risk just to save a few dollars.
For the benefits, a tummy tuck will help one to get the toned abdomen and small waist, without the belly stretch marks, plus increased self confidence and a more youthful appearance.
What Is The Recovery Period?
After you have undergone the operation, an overnight stay at the clinic or hospital is most common. Depending on the extent of the surgery and technique used, you may need to be hospitalized for two to three days.
For the first few days, your abdomen will feel tight and you will feel some pain or bruising, which can be alleviated with pain-killers. You will also experience numbness and discomfort on your abdomen, which feels like it is being stretched when you stand up or walk. The recovery period may take several weeks. Scarring may appear to worsen during the first few months, but this is normal. It may take up to a year for the scars to flatten and lighten. The scars will not disappear completely, but can be easily concealed with clothing.
How Much Does Tummy Tuck Cost?
Depending on your location, the surgeon’s and anesthetist’s fees and how extensive is the surgery, the average cost of a tummy tuck procedure is usually between $5000 to $15,000.
Note: Most insurance companies generally do not cover the cost of elective, cosmetic surgery however they may provide coverage to patients who need to have a hernia corrected through a tummy tuck procedure.
What Are The Other Alternatives For Belly Stretch Mark Removal?
Stretch Mark Creams – Help to keep the skin supple, enhance collagen production and promote the rejuvenation of new skin cells, thus reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion – Help to exfoliate old, dead skin cells to promote the rejuvenation of new skin cells and reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks.
Laser Treatment – Highly effective for reducing the severity of depressed skin, whiteness and redness associated with stretch marks by as much 75%.
Where Can One Get More Information on Tummy Tuck?