Abdominal Sculpture Overweight Patient Before Tumescent Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty surgery removes extra tissue (fat and skin) contouring and tightening the stomach wall. Those stretch marks (striae) located below the belly button are usually removed with this surgery.
Skin stretched during rapid weight gain or pregnancy can develop striae or stretch marks. These lines start out red and then evolve to a white depressed scar with a different mobility than adjacent tissue. They can be very disturbing.
The exact cause is unknown, but is thought to be a breaking of collagen which then heals with a scar. Hormones during pregnancy may worsen this process. Simple application of creams during pregnancy does not prevent the scars from forming. Although there have been many treatments described to remove striae, results have not been consistent nor do we know about the long term results.
Yes, like many of you who have E-mailed me, I wish there was a magical treatment that would remove ANY stretch mark. Separating the hype from real long term results can be very difficult. Improvement can mean different things and in one is only a decrease in length of 14% and width of 8%.
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Search the National Library of Medicine for medical articles about "stretch marks." Evaluating such articles can be difficult and not all results can be reproduced by other doctors.
The only consistent way to remove stretch marks is to include them in the excised skin of abdominoplasty surgery.
She was overweight with a BMI of 27.5. In general, weight loss is better before Plastic Surgery. Some do not plan on losing weight making this surgery a compromise operation.
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