How Can I Treat* Stretch Marks and Lose* Skin After Pregnancy?

stretch marks and lose skin after pregnancy
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Q: I am 24 and just had my first baby 2 months ago. I have lost sagging skin and a lot of stretch marks below my belly button. I am very unsure if I want second baby in the future. What are my options to correct my skin issues? All opinions and advice are appreciated.
Expert Answer

There’s some good news and some bad news. Bad news is there is no way to completely remove* stretch marks a hundred percent. This means some of the marks you acquired will stick around for a while. GOOD NEWS IS most stretch marks will go away on their own but there are a lot of ways that you can encourage* and assist their healing*. Below we will also be sharing with you how to PREVENT them so you don’t have to be afraid of your next pregnancy should you and your partner consider another baby.

Hydration

People often take for granted how important it is for our bodies to stay hydrated. It is crucial for maintaining homeostasis, normal blood pressure, cellular health and skin elasticity. Notice how dry skin doesn’t go smooth after pinching as fast as supple skin does? Since our cells are made up mostly of water, it also means that water plays a crucial role in the skin’s ability to restore itself. Water’s role in the case of stretch marks however is mostly preventive.

Creams and Lotions

There are a number of products that are formulated especially for pregnant ladies and mommies. These special formulations are designed specifically to be safe for both mother and child so you can use it during pregnancy and even after when you’re already nursing.

Many a pregnant lady swears by these formulations. Saying that compared to their pregnancies where they didn’t put anything on their bodies, these stretch mark creams made a significant difference. According to most users they felt that these creams did in fact prevent any stretch marks from developing. To start you off here are some examples:

  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula: Massage Cream for Stretch Marks
  • Bio-Oil
  • Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action Cream
  • Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil

Fraxel Laser Surgery

Here’s a treatment that is sure to take care of your stretch marks. Fraxel laser treatments are a new modality that employs that use of thousands of miniscule laser “columns” that are only a tenth of the diameter of a hair follicle. These “columns” create micro wounds in the patient’s dermal layer without causing any damage to surrounding tissue. The micro wounds then initiate a wound healing* response in the body. The end result is fresh, younger looking skin with fewer impurities.

This treatment has been clinically proven* to improve* the appearance of stretch marks but there is not much it can do for severe cases of sagging skin. The likes of which can be caused by pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck and Other Similar Surgery

The best way to make sure that you are both eliminating sagging skin and stretch marks is by getting it surgically excised the way you would in a tummy tuck. When you do decide to opt for this kind of procedure bear in mind that what you are about to subject yourself to is invasive surgery. That being said, you should prepare and take precaution just as you would for some other major surgery.

You must also know that there are numerous risks involved and with stretch marks not representing a threat to your health or your child’s are these risks something you are willing to take?

In the meantime, while your body is still recuperating from giving birth and while you are still nursing, we would recommend sticking to creams and lotions for a little while. At this point it might be best to stay away from any surgical procedures.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.