Stretch marks are one of those things that will show up uninvited and unannounced, especially following a pregnancy.
If you’re planning a mommy makeover, you might be wondering if this procedure could help you get rid of these all too common cosmetic concerns.
While there’s not a cut-and-dried answer to that question, there are a few things you should know about how your mommy makeover may or may not affect stretch marks.
What Causes Stretch Marks, Anyway?
To understand the relationship between your mommy makeover and stretch marks, it’s helpful to first have an idea of what causes these bothersome imperfections in the first place.
When your skin stretches during pregnancy, growth spurts or when losing or gaining weight, it can sustain a minor injury and disrupt collagen production. Although commonly known as a stretch mark, this “injury” is actually a type of scar. This is why these skin blemishes can be so difficult to get rid of, much like a scar from a wound can be nearly impossible to remove completely.
Why Stretch Mark Location Is Key
[pullquote]A mommy makeover may or may not get rid of your stretch marks. Let your plastic surgeon know this is one of your goals during your consultation.[/pullquote]
Because stretch marks are essentially scars, there isn’t a magic cream or pill that you can use to simply erase them from your skin.
However, depending on their placement, your mommy makeover may be able to get rid of some of your stretch marks, or at least reduce their appearance. If your stretch marks are located in an area like your abdomen or breasts where your plastic surgeon will be removing excess skin, there is a possibility that your stretch marks could hit the road and help you see even better mommy makeover results.