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8 ways to prevent stretch marks

8 ways to prevent stretch marks

Dr. Nandini Baruah - Skin Care Doctor
by: Dr. Nandini Baruah
Consultant – Dermatology and Cosmetology

Stretch marks or Striae or Striae distensae are a form of scarring on the skin with a discoloration. They are caused by tearing of the deeper layers of the skin-the dermis and below which over time fade but never disappear completely.
Stretch marks can occur during sudden changes in the body size such as during pregnancy, puberty or rapid weight gain or due to long term steroid intake.
During pregnancy stretch marks develop around the abdomen, hips and thighs.

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Certain precautions can be taken to prevent stretch marks and reduce the appearance of older marks.

  • Moisturizer -Keep yourself properly hydrated with a good medicated moisturizer prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • A retinoic acid cream for fresh stretch marks (contraindicated in pregnancy) is thought to boost collagen production.
  • Glycolic acid peels or creams safe in pregnancy increases collagen production making your skin more elastic
  • Vit E oil massages
  • Oral vitamin C supplements
  • Laser options post delivery – For fresh stretch marks, a vascular PDL laser is used and for older stretch marks laser resurfacing with fractional laser is used.
  • Surgical options like Abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck gives exceptional results
  • Mommy makeover or a combination treatment which includes facial rejuvenation, body procedures like liposuction, genital rejuvenation, scars and stretch marks, etc and breast procedures like augmentation, lift, reduction, revision, etc

There a lot of suggestions online to suggest ways to keep you hydrated and well nourished. It is best recommended that you consult a skin specialist if you start to see the stretch marks. Deficiencies such as that of Zinc and collagen are also highlighted to cause stretch marks. Before opting for any option to remove stretch marks, it is recommended that you discuss your medical history and other choices with Stretch Mark Removal Expert.

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