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Will Breast Implants Fix Stretch Marks?

Nearly everyone develops a stretch mark or two (or dozens) at some point in their lives, and we see many people at our plastic surgery practices in Huntersville and Charlotte, NC, who want to get rid of them. While these tiny reminders of pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, or genetics can be troubling, you should know that many fantastic options can help!

Following significant life transitions, like pregnancy, many women want to tackle stretch marks on their breasts with a breast augmentation. In this post, we’ll explain some of the root causes of stretch marks on the breasts and other parts of the body and answer one of our most frequent breast augmentation questions: will breast implants fix stretch marks?

What Causes Stretch Marks, Anyway?

Stretch marks can show up on anybody, but they more commonly appear on women. More than half of women who experience the journey of pregnancy and birth will get some stretch marks, which form as a type of scarring when your skin grows and stretches too intensely for it to heal correctly.

You’ll most commonly see them on the:

  • Stomach
  • Breasts
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Armpits
  • Lower Back

There are three layers of your skin: epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. Stretch marks form in the dermis, which is the middle layer. Often, stretch marks fade a little after they first appear. Although they don’t pose any health risk, most people don’t love the sight of them when they’re wearing swimsuit attire.

If You Get Breast Implants, Will It Fix Stretch Marks on Your Breasts?

Having breast implants placed during a breast augmentation procedure may not “fix” stretch marks, in the sense of making them disappear entirely. Since stretch marks are a form of scarring beneath the skin’s surface, they will not just go away. However, pulling the skin taut by adding more volume and shape to a woman’s breasts with implants will almost certainly improve the appearance of skin that’s displaying stretch marks.

The simple answer to this important question is that it really depends on the individual. Skin tone, health, genetics, and age all play a role in how easy it is to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. The best way to get a sense of your own possible breast augmentation results, and to learn if there are better non-surgical treatments to achieve your goals, we strongly recommend having a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has expertise in breast augmentation.

Want to Learn About All of Your Breast Augmentation Options?

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation materials, techniques, and what your results might look like, please contact us or call (704) 659-9000 for a personalized consultation today!