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Do Stretch Marks Appear Lighter 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
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
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
It feels like I'm losing weight, also getting stretch marks but not showing on scale much of a difference yet?
Weight: You should see your doctor for a complete check up to see what's going on ...Read more
Yes: Rapid weight gain or loss can cause this. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
I've been losing weight by eating better but I've noticed some red bumps on my abdomen where stretch marks are. Is this common?
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
I m 22 female 72kgs. I hv white stretch marks on my boobs, arms, belly, thighs & love handles. Will loosing weight & weight training reduce stretch marks?
There are many cream: On teh market maderma, and kelokote are 2 of them. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
Several years ago I gained a substantial amount of weight, and developed light stretch marks, now roughly a year after losing most of it, they have not faded and gotten worse (darker, deeper) even after using cocoa butter regularly. What can I do?
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