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i don't know what to do with my stretch marks. is there a way to prevent getting more?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Leave it alone: You can't do anything for your already developed stretch marks. Don't get pregnancy, don't grow bigger: but it's unrealistic. Strech marks simply are caused by your skin being streched during pregnancy and growing, perticularly during teenage.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Laser: Stretch marks can be improved but not eliminated. Fractionated laser with erbium or co2 can improve stretch marks in about 3 sessions by rebuilding collagen. Another treatment which has no down time is carboxyhtherapy, injections of carbon dioxide gas, into the skin. The treatment is more prevalent in europe but is available in us. It can improve stretch marks over 50 per cent.
Dr. William Lages
Rheumatology 68 years experience
90% women get them: 90% of pregnant women get them to some degree as the baby grows faster than the skin can accommodate. To keep at a minimum don`t gain over a healthy 25-30 pounds; keep hydrated; use hydrating creams and lotions. When pregnancy is over you can see a Dermatologist who can recommend several possible treatments. Don`t stress out-it`s normal.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent stretch marks?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Weight management: The truth is you can't prevent stretch marks if they are going to develop. However, you can lessen the likelihood by watching pregnancy weight gain -- the average weight gain in pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. Simple, smart health habits that maintain healthy tissue will keep your skin healthy -- not cocoa butter, creams, or lotions.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to prevent stretch marks permanently?

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Maybe: If you do not gain weight rapidly, do not make excess hormones that cause them, stay in shape, stay at a normal weight without going up and down. The layer of skin called the dermis looses elastin and collagen when there is a rapid accumulation of fat in the breasts, upper arms , thighs, abdomen, due to hormones. Weight gain, pregnancy, or other stressors on the skin where you accumulate fat.
A 34-year-old member asked:

So is there any way i can tryy to prevent stretch marks?They embarrass me.

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
There are many: Creams and if bad enough laser txment or plastic surgery can be done, please see a plastic surgeon.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some effective, doctor recommended ways to prevent stretch marks?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Stretch marks: There are two main causes for stretchmarks. If you are not gaining weight you should not develop stretch marks. In contrast, if your body is making too much cortisone you are likely to get stretch marks over your belly and your arms may get thin. Do you indeed have stretch marks? If so you MUST see your doctor.

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