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How Can You Prevent Stretch Marks From Weight Gain
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
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
Information.: Stretch marks generally do not occur as a result of weight loss. Nost lilely they were there before the weight loss and have become more visible as they become closer together. There is no really good way to treat stretch marks. Surgical excison is the best way as often is done in tummy tuck procedure. ...Read more
See a plastic surgeo: The results from various lasers and other related devices are modest. ...Read more
Diet & Exercise: Depends on your starting weight and your goal weight but the cornerstone of all management options is diet & exercise. A small subgroup of patients have a familial tendency to being larger from the waist down and these patients do not change dramatically in the lower bodies even with massive weight loss secondary to bariatric surgery. See your dietition & plastic surgeon for your best option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excess skin: Well, you can't really prevent it. If you are lucky enough to have very elastic skin, you may not have flabby excess skin after loosing weight, but you can't control that. The way i look at it, if you end up with a lot of excess skin, you should be happy, because it means you successfully lost a lot of weight. You can a always have surgery to remove it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight loss: Don’t strive to lose your pregnancy weight instantaneously. Your body has just been through a lot. If you breast feed your baby that will burn extra calories. Make sensible nutrition choices. Remain physically active. Ensure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. As for stretch marks - that is a tough one. ...Read more
Morbid obesity?: Except for extreme cases of obesity, a well-paced diet/exercise program should result in a slow and steady loss that has minimal if any excess skin. In the extreme cases, I expect the fat is no less attractive than loose skin and worse for health. Work w/ experts on a plan. ...Read more
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 am trying to loose weight & i can see stretch marks on my body. How to loose weight without developing stretch marks. How to avoid & lighten them?
Weight loss: Unfortunately, effective weight loss takes time and effort. Through a good diet and exercise program expect to lose 3-5 pounds per month. Carbohydrate restriction (breads, pastas, sugar, beans, rich desserts) may cause a bit more rapid weight loss initially. Consider talking to a nutritionist to get into an effective weight loss program. Vit E oil may help with the stretch marks. ...Read more
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