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Will a breast augmentation help hide or remove stretch marks?

Q:

I have stretch marks on my breasts, will a breast augmentation help hide or remove stretch marks?

A:

A breast augmentation will not hide the stretch marks. Stretch marks are often associated with poor quality skin.  In some cases, it may accentuate them.

Steven G. Wallach, M.D.
New York, NY

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I believe I understand the nature of your question. If one stretches skin with stretch marks, even though they are not removed, the stretch marks appear to be improved. That doesn't make the answer to your question an unequivocal yes. It depends on exactly where the stretch marks are. I think overall women who have breast augmentation with a significant size increase have an overall improvement in there breast stretch marks.http://www.paulhowardmd.com/BreastAugmentation.html

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Michelle,

Thank you for your question.  Although breast augmentation will not remove or hide stretch marks, in many cases expanding the breast skin with breast implants may make the stretch marks less obvious.

Care must be exercised, however, because too large breast implants in a patient who is prone to stretch marks may actually make your stretch marks worse.  The fact that you are prone to stretch marks is what is important in your case.

1540 non-ablative erbium laser treatments have been recently shown to lighten and make narrower stretch marks on the skin.  This is another option for you to consider.

Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the ASAPS and experienced in cosmetic breast surgery.

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