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If I lose weight, will the stretch marks on my stomach go away?

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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree

In brief: No

Stretch marks are permanent.
Losing weight may make them narrower as the skin shrinks back, but the only way to eliminate stretch marks is to surgically cut away the affected skin.

In brief: No

Stretch marks are permanent.
Losing weight may make them narrower as the skin shrinks back, but the only way to eliminate stretch marks is to surgically cut away the affected skin.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Your best bet is abdominoplasty ( tummy tuck).

In brief: No

Your best bet is abdominoplasty ( tummy tuck).
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No, they may change but won't go away.
Depending on your skin elasticity your skin will react to weight loss differently. Young elastic skin can snap back while less elastic skin tends to be redundant.

In brief: No

No, they may change but won't go away.
Depending on your skin elasticity your skin will react to weight loss differently. Young elastic skin can snap back while less elastic skin tends to be redundant.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Dr. Michael Matthew
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Sorry, nothing will get rid of the stretch marks except perhaps a tummy tuck which can remove the excess skin and most of the stretch marks.

In brief: No

Sorry, nothing will get rid of the stretch marks except perhaps a tummy tuck which can remove the excess skin and most of the stretch marks.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Probably not

Probably not and unfortunately they may get worse with increase laxity.
Sometimes striae look best when placed on tension.

In brief: Probably not

Probably not and unfortunately they may get worse with increase laxity.
Sometimes striae look best when placed on tension.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No

Unfortunately, stretch marks do not go away with weight loss.
The only effective therapy for stretch mark removal is surgery. Some authors have described mixed results with co2 lasers.

In brief: No

Unfortunately, stretch marks do not go away with weight loss.
The only effective therapy for stretch mark removal is surgery. Some authors have described mixed results with co2 lasers.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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