Many things change after you have a baby: schedules,
time, and sense of freedom, to name a few. Along with a changing schedule, there are the many physical changes youБll see. Chief among them is. For many women, stretch marks are as much a part of as diapers and feedings. БMy belly was so itchy and tight when I was pregnant — and sure enough, I noticed the lines as my tummy grew,\” says Maggie Shaw, a 38-year-old mom in San Francisco. \”They got even worse after my second. \” Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks. You gain about 30 pounds during the 9 months you are pregnant, says Heidi Waldorf, MD. She is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Growing that fast can leave you with stretch marks, especially on your belly and, two areas that grow the most. Stretch marks can also show up on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. The marks often start out reddish or purple, but after pregnancy they gradually fade to white or gray. Experts say that women who are at a should gain 25-35 pounds. БItБs not a bad idea to not only try to stay within that range but to also gain slowly and steadily, as opposed to in fast spurts,Б says Mary Lupo, MD. She is a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. In other words, when it comes to stretch marks, how quickly you gain may be as important as how much you gain. If you have them, youБre in good company. About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
If your mother had stretch marks, then you\’re more likely to have them too, since genetics plays a role. If you have a lighter, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks. Darker-skinned women tend to get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone. Stretch marks often fade with time. If you donвt want to wait, there are treatments that can improve their appearance. However, no treatment can make stretch marks disappear completely. There are (Retin-A, Renova) works by restoring, a fibrous protein that helps give your skin elasticity. Itвs best to use this cream on recent stretch marks that are red or pink. This cream may cause skin irritation. If youвre pregnant, you shouldnвt use tretinoin cream.
Pulsed dye laser therapy encourages the growth of collagen and elastin. Itвs best to use this therapy on newer stretch marks. Darker-skinned individuals may experience skin discoloration. Fractional photothermolysis is similar to pulsed dye laser therapy in that it uses a. However, it works by targeting smaller areas of your skin, causing less skin damage. involves polishing the skin with tiny crystals to reveal new skin thatвs under the more elastic stretch marks. Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of older stretch marks. The excimer laser stimulates skin color (melanin) production so that stretch marks match the surrounding skin more closely. Medical procedures and prescription medicines arenвt guaranteed to cure stretch marks, and they can be expensive.