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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Lose 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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If I lose weight, will the stretch marks on my stomach go away?

If I lose weight, will the stretch marks on my stomach go away?

No: Stretch marks are permanent. Losing weight may make them narrower as the skin shrinks back, but the only way to eliminate stretch marks is to surgically cut away the affected skin. ...Read more

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If I lose weight will the stretch marks on the sides of my stomach go away?

If I lose weight will the stretch marks on the sides of my stomach go away?

No: In fact, if you lose a lot of weight quickly they actually can get worse. Unfortunately, there are not any really effective treatments for stretch marks. Over-the-counter remedies like cocoa butter don't work. Laser treatments may help to lighten red or dark stretch marks. Fortunately they do tend to fade on their own over time. ...Read more

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

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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I'm overweight and have red stretch marks. If I lose weight will they still appear? Or any way to get rid of them?

Stretch marks: They may fade in color, in some women they are silvery, but unfortunately they will be present even after weight loss. There is no proven method to erase them, though many products are advertised as such. ...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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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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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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How to lose weight fast, and get rid of stretch marks?

How to lose weight fast, and get rid of stretch marks?

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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Can someone tell me how to lose weight fast, and get rid of stretch marks?

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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How do I get rid of stretch marks in my calf and legs. It's making me depressed i'm trying to lose weight?

How do I get rid of stretch marks in my calf and legs. It's making me depressed i'm trying to lose weight?

See your doctor.: Talk to a dermatologist about any possible treatments for significant stretch marks. There are a variety of over-the-counter remedies that may help. Bio-oil is one moisturizer that has been advertised as helping to decrease stretch marks. ...Read more

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So stretch marks mean I will have loose skin if I choose to lose weight? I'm 215 lbs, 18 years old and 5'7. How many pounds overweight am I as well?

So stretch marks mean I will have loose skin if I choose to lose weight? I'm 215 lbs, 18 years old and 5'7. How many pounds overweight am I as well?

Stop thinking and...: ...start losing. The average 67-inch 18-year-old woman weighs about 140 pounds. Estimate it by using 105 pounds for a 60-inch (5-foot) woman, and add 5 pounds for every extra inch in height (105+35=140). Take the next 2 years to lose 2 lbs per month, by eating LESS. Exercise is good too. Avoid sugar. Avoid simple carbs. No sugared drinks. Eat LESS. Two pounds a month for 2 years is 48 lbs of loss. ...Read more

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What to do about really dark stretch marks on your hips, arms, and back after you lose weight?

What to do about really dark stretch marks on your hips, arms, and back after you lose weight?

Eval: Treatments: Please see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for evaluation. Possible treatments include fractional laser resurfacing,dermabrasion & medication (i.e., retinoids). ...Read more

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I'm 5'7 and weigh 209 lbs, and I'm 18. I have stretch marks on my belly, thighs, and back. Will I have loose skin if I lose weight? Am I obese?

I'm 5'7 and weigh 209 lbs, and I'm 18. I have stretch marks on my belly, thighs, and back. Will I have loose skin if I lose weight? Am I obese?

Weight loss: You may be obese (I don't know if you have lots of muscle). You may develop sagging skin with weight loss. However, at age 18 your skin should still have elasticity and if you are physically active - it may minimize loose skin. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Don't gain weight: Weight loss doesn't cause stretch marks; weight gain does. That being said, stretch marks may become more noticeable after weight loss when the skin is looser, and the different texture & color are more prominent. ...Read more

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Arms are 17 1/2 inches. Is it possible to loose weight & tighten skin or will i have to have surgery. Im 19. Surprisingly no stretch marks on my arms?

Arms are 17 1/2 inches. Is it possible to loose weight & tighten skin or will i have to have surgery. Im 19. Surprisingly no stretch marks on my arms?

Forget about weight: You need to focus on a healthy diet with protein fruits and vegetables. Try to eat less fats carbs and sugars. Then you must work on an exercise plan and work out 1 hour every day. This is what you need to do to be fit ...Read more

Dr. Morris Westfried
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Stretch Marks (Definition)

Stretch marks = striae caused by ...Read more