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What can I do during pregnancy to remove the appearance of stretch marks?

What can I do during pregnancy to remove the appearance of stretch marks?

Not much you can do : Stretch marks are common and genetics play a big role. If your mom had them you probably will too. You can change your "jeans" but not your "genes." try not to gain more than the recommended amounts of weight. Many people use over the counter skin lotion. This keeps the skin healthy and decreases itching but may not prevent stretch marks. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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I know you can't get rid of them, but can you reduce the visibility of stretch marks?

I know you can't get rid of them, but can you reduce the visibility of stretch marks?

Mother's friend: There is an over the counter product called Mother's Friend that can reduce the visibility of stretch marks. Lotion or cocoa butter, on the cheap, also help. ...Read more

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What can a person do about stretch marks? Is there away to help diminish the appearance of stretch marks on the hips ?

Stretch marks: Purple stretch marks can be improved with ipl treatments (fotofacial). Unfortunately, once the stretch marks are pale, flat, and soft, that's as good as they get. ...Read more

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Is there anything i could do to improve the appearance of stretch marks ?

Is there anything i could do to improve the appearance of stretch marks ?

Lasers Tx: Stretch marks are superficial athrophic scars like entities . Their treatment can be challenging. If they are treated early using 1440 or 1540 nm lasers or a pulse dye laser can really improve and blend them. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the appearance of scars left by my water birth?

What can I do to reduce the appearance of scars left by my water birth?

Gyne than plastic: I would first discuss with your gynecologist who may make a recommendation or refer you to a plastic surgeon for possible options. In all likelihood, time may be your best friend. ...Read more

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Why can you only improve the appearance of stretch marks but not heal your skin and get rid of them?

Why can you only improve the appearance of stretch marks but not heal your skin and get rid of them?

"Broken skin": The skin contains elastic fibers which when "broken" cause the stretch marks and like Humpty Dumpty can be put back together again. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the appearance of stretch marks?

Med eval: 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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What can I do to reduce the appearance of dr, dark skin?

Options exist : Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your personal options. This may include surgery, lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or even prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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What to do if I have stretch marks on my hips and thighs. Is there a way to get rid of stretch marks?

What to do if I have stretch marks on my hips and thighs. Is there a way to get rid of stretch marks?

Little you can do: 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 have a lot of stretch marks are there any ways I can get rid of them or reduce the appearance ?

I have a lot of stretch marks are there any ways I can get rid of them or reduce the appearance ?

Stretch marks: At your age your stretch marks are the result of growing to fast, usually in the vertical direction and common on the low back in horizontal positions. They start out with a reddish color but will slowly become skin color. They will never go completely away but as you are young they will become less noticeable with time. Weight lifters can also get stretch marks, but knowing that can avoid it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of stretch marks because of pregnancy?

How can I get rid of stretch marks because of pregnancy?

Not likely: Unfortunately, even if you did see a doctor, there's very little that can be done to get rid of stretch marks. Some methods of treatment include wearing sun screen lotion (because stretch marks tans differently and a tan will make them more noticable). Also, avoiding any further weight gain. Finally, avoid all the "magic remedies" they sell such as cocoa butter, as they do not work. ...Read more

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What can you do to get rid of scar tissue in the breast?

What can you do to get rid of scar tissue in the breast?

Scarring from what?: Please give more information. Are you talking about surgical scarring after breast surgery for cancer, or after reconstructive surgery or after cosmetic breast augmentation and capsular contracture? ...Read more

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What can be done to improve the appearance of stretch marks?

What can be done to improve the  appearance of stretch marks?

Difficult to treat: Patients often come to see me for stretch marks. These are quite difficult to treat. If they are newer and red, i often use a blood vessel laser to treat the redness. If they are older and white, retinoids products may help to encourage new collagen to form, though irritation from the product may limit it's use. Fractionated lasers such as fraxel may also help. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the appearance of keratosis pilaris?

What can I do to reduce the appearance of keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: Heavy moisturizing products like eucerin professional repair or smoothing repair. Lachydrin (lactic acid) is also helpful as are temporary use of topical prescription cortisone creams. ...Read more

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Some pregnant girls get striae in the skin. What I have to do for the striae to disappear?

Some pregnant girls get striae in the skin. What I have to do for the striae to disappear?

They won't: Stria occur when the skin is stretched beyond its elastic limit and undergoes permanent deformation. If you stretch certain kinds of rubber they behave in a similar manner. Once the stria have been created, they may improve a bit in appearance but will not disappear. If the stria are in certain places, like the lower part of your abdomen, they can be removed surgically as is done in a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to get rid of stretch marks I have some on my belly and underarms what are some non product or practical ways to get them gone?

Whats the best way to get rid of stretch marks I have some on my belly and underarms what are some non product or practical ways to get them gone?

No easy way: Other than surgery (which would basically remove the scarred/stretch-marked skin) - you can't make them go away completely, but mederma and strivectin both make topical products to help fade them. ...Read more

Dr. Morris Westfried
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Stretch Marks (Definition)

Stretch marks = striae caused by ...Read more