Dr. Pramit Malhotra receives numerous requests for tummy tuck procedures at his Michigan practice. This particular plastic surgery procedure is a popular one because it addresses a flabby midsection by eliminating unwanted fat and excess skin. An abdominoplasty creates a slim, sleek profile.
Though it is not primarily intended to treat such dermatological issues as stretch marks, a tummy tuck can still help generate a beneficial visual impact because of the skin that is removed. Stretch marks do not need to be treated cosmetically if they are eliminated.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
As people gain weight, they tend to accumulate fat in certain areas—most prominently at their midsection, or abdomen. The skin above such an area that is growing in size due to weight gain must by necessity stretch to accommodate the new and larger fat cells. Skin may also stretch due to changes in size during a pregnancy.
Skin that stretches too rapidly or is not as pliant and flexible as it may once have been can show damage in the shape of stretch marks, which appear when there is insufficient collagen to keep the skin looking healthy and smooth. These stretch marks may be visible as stripes, lines, or irregular streaks shaded purple, pink, or red. They can also appear as white or gray.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
Patients who are interested in the details of an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, should know that the cosmetic surgery procedure was developed to correct a loose abdomen that may continue to have a flabby appearance even after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight.
A tummy tuck involves Dr. Pramit Malhotra surgically removing the tissue that creates a sagging midsection. This tissue can include fat to be eliminated via liposuction and skin that has stretched out but failed to shrink back after a fluctuation in weight. The plastic surgery procedure may also involve abdominal muscles being tightened and a new belly button being created.
Since a tummy tuck involves the removal of skin, it also serves to remove any stretch marks that appear on that skin. An abdominoplasty eliminates skin on the lower portion of the abdomen, from the belly button down. Stretch marks that sit above the belly button may also improve in appearance as that skin is pulled down to create a flat, smooth belly.
The ultimate result will be a slim contour and sleek profile with stretch marks either reduced in appearance or removed completely.
The board-certified Dr. Malhotra is an expert in tummy tuck procedures in Michigan. Contact his office to schedule a consultation or find out more.