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How do you prevent stretch marks from losing weight?

How do you prevent stretch marks from losing weight?

You don't.: You get stretch marks from weight gain, not from weight loss. The stretch marks occur because skin is like an envelope that is being filled with fat. When you stretch the envelope, the collagen and elastin support weakens, causing a scar looking stretch mark. Losing weight will not reverse this. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Expert opinion - should losing weight help reduce cellulite and stretch marks?

Expert opinion - should losing weight help reduce cellulite and stretch marks?

Stretch Marks: Unfortuantely stretch marks are very difficult to treat and weight loss is unlikely to help. Stretch marks are actually scars or tears in the dermis (the deep layer of your skin). Just like scars there may be treatments to make them less visible, but the only way to eliminate them is to remove them - this is exactly what a procedure like an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) does. ...Read more

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I got stretch marks on my side from gaining weight, but now I am on a role of losing weight. So how do I make them go away?

Nothing: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve stretch marks from losing weight?

What can I do to relieve stretch marks from losing weight?

Laser rx: Pulsed dye laser for red stretch mark (inflammatory) fractional laser rx for white stretch mark works better than other products. Pemf helps reduce scarring. ...Read more

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Why would you get stretch marks from losing weight instead of gaining?

Why would you get stretch marks from losing weight instead of gaining?

Skin tears: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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The more weight I lose, the more my stretch marks show. What can I do to reduce them? I've been losing weight at about 1-2 pounds a week

The more weight I lose, the more my stretch marks show. What can I do to reduce them? I've been losing weight at about 1-2 pounds a week

Stretch marks: Stretch marks are rips in the deep layer of the skin from rapid stretching. When stretch marks are pulled tight they generally are not as visible. With your weight loss there is more skin laxity. The only way to remove them is to surgically remove them depending on the location. However there are various skin tightening and laser treatments that may offer some modest improvements. ...Read more

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Is there any kind of stuff to get rid of stretch marks after you finish losing weight?

Probably: Various cosmetic preps available on shelves with claims of effectiveness. Not sure if one is really superior. Some of the top brands are quite pricey. ...Read more

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How come if im losing weight pretty rapidly (not by choice) Crohn's disease. My old stretch marks apear darker in color. How do I get rid of them?

How come if im losing weight pretty rapidly (not by choice) Crohn's disease. My old stretch marks apear darker in color. How do I get rid of them?

Weight loss: Forget about the stretch marks for now.
You must work closely with your gastroenterologist to stop the weight loss and hopefully restore your weight. ...Read more

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Pop up stretch marks on stomach I'm losing weight not gaining weight so how can I be getting stretched marks on my stomach?

Pop up stretch marks on stomach I'm losing weight not gaining weight so how can I be getting stretched marks on my stomach?

Weight Loss: Stretch marks happen when your skin stretches. If you're losing weight then the skin had already been stretched as you gained the weight. As you lose weight, the skin relaxes and the lines become raised and more prominent. Congrats on losing the weight, but stretch marks are frustrating for both patients and physicians. ...Read more

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Losing weight or not eating well make your period lighter?

Losing weight or not eating well make your period lighter?

Severe weight loss: Severe weight loss, such as with an eating disorder and anorexia, can minimize or oven stop periods by lowering estrogen. Smaller amounts of normal weight loss don't usually have any significant effect unless you get malnourished. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of stretch marks? Will loosing weight help?

How do you get rid of stretch marks? Will loosing weight help?

Yes: A person with tummy stretch marks due to being chubby, not from medication side effects nor hormonal problems, can tighten up the tummy muscles and lose weight (if not already slim) to make the marks less visible. The marks will be less visible because they are not pushed apart (width) by a chubby tummy, and because it takes many months to get good tummy muscles (time fades stretch marks). ...Read more

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Can you get strech marks by loosing weight?

Can you get strech marks by loosing weight?

Yes: When the skin is stretched by rapid weight gain or distention as in pregnancy you develop the stretch marks. Weight loss especially rapid will make them more prominent. ...Read more

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What can help get rid of stretch marks on my belly or make them lighter?

Surgery: Strech marks, unfortunately, can be removed only by surgery. There are not today any creams or lasers that can eliminate them. Strech marks occure from either pregnancy or weight gain and loss. In the belly area, the strech marks can be removed by tummy tuck if it is in the lower abdomen only. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I am really worried that I am going to get stretch marks. Do you have to lose loads of weight to get stretch marks?

I am really worried that I am going to get stretch marks. Do you have to lose loads of weight to get stretch marks?

No: Stretch marks generally come from rapid changes in your body shape, usually from an increase in the size. Many teenage girls get stretch marks around their hips/thighs as they grow taller. Most women get stretch marks during pregnancy. Significant weight gain can also cause stretch marks. Weight loss doesn't cause stretch marks, but it can make them more apparent if you already have them. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could my stretch marks disappear when I lose weight?

Thoughts? Could my stretch marks disappear when I lose weight?

No: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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Will my stretch marks completely disappear if I lose weight slowly?

No: Once skin is stretched the marks remain. They will be less obvious though after weight loss. The speed at which one loses weight will not affect the appearance of marks. ...Read more

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Any advice? Been losing some weight and some of the stretch marks that I already have seem to become more visible. How can I get rid of them?

Any advice? Been losing some weight and some of the stretch marks that I already have seem to become more visible. How can I get rid of them?

Stretch marks: Tough to get rid of them but I would start with a visit to a dermatologist.

The dermatologist might suggest that you have a consult with a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight without getting stretch marks?

Can you lose weight without getting stretch marks?

Yes: People generally don't get stretch marks by losing weight. They get stretch marks by gaining weight, because as the skin gets stretched out by increasing body size, there are places in the skin where the collagen connective tissues can't hold it together anymore... Leading to a split under the skin's surface and thus a stretch mark. Dermatologists can help improve marks (laser, infrared therapy). ...Read more

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How can I lose weight after baby without getting stretch marks?

Diet/exercise: Stretch marks occur with weight gain, not weight loss. Other than not gaining weight, there is nothing else that has been proven to prevent stretch marks. For weight loss, a well balanced diet and regular daily exercise is by far the best approach. ...Read more

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Will stretch marks disappear if I lose weight? How can I do this?

Will stretch marks disappear if I lose weight? How can I do this?

Prob not: Stretch marks do not normally fade with wt loss. With time, yes. Fade creams can be effective. Dermatologists have prescription treatments that can work as well. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to old stretch marks after you lose weight?

Could you tell me what happens to old stretch marks after you lose weight?

Nothing: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you lose weight will your stretch marks go away, fade or will they stay there?

I wanted to know when you lose weight will your stretch marks go away, fade or will they stay there?

No: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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