Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the abdomen usually with tightening of the abdominal muscles.
Generally this skin is the area from the belly button to the pubic area.
The scar is long, usually from hip to hip, but it is usually low enough to be hidden by a bikini bottom or underwear.
Will a tummy tuck remove all of my stretch marks?
Any stretch marks that are within the area of skin that is removed will be gone so if the stretch marks are low on the abdomen they will be removed.
However, any stretch marks outside the area of skin removal will still be present but moved downward on the abdomen towards the pubic area.
Stretch marks are created from injury to the skin and since tummy tuck surgery only cuts out skin, any marks that aren’t removed will still be present
How do I know if I need an abdominoplasty or just liposuction?
Abdominoplasty and liposuction do two different things.
Abdominoplasty removes excess loose skin and tightens the muscle, but it does not remove any fat.
Liposuction removes fat but doesn’t do anything to tighten the skin.
Usually if there is loose skin over the belly button, or skin that hangs down low over the pubic area, a tummy tuck will be necessary.
Sometimes patients need both liposuction and a tummy tuck to accomplish their goals.
Can I get an abdominoplasty when I deliver my baby or at the same time as my C-section?
Abdominoplasty should be performed when a woman’s weight is stable. Since most women lose a significant amount of weight and their uterus shrinks for several months after pregnancy, abdominoplasty should not be performed at the same time as childbirth.
It is recommended that women wait a minimum of 4-6 months after having a child and when their weight is stable before having surgery.