How To Deal With Post-Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Pregnancy causes a lot of changes in your body and, let’s face it, not all of them are pleasant and some are even here to stay indeterminately, whether we like it or not. Stretch marks are perhaps one of the biggest nuisances that women face after giving birth.
The main reason why stretch marks appear is the genetic one: if your mother had them, you are very likely to get them, as well. Another factor is the size of the pregnancy: the bigger it is, the more chances to get stretch marks you have.
Unfortunately, there is little you can do to prevent post-pregnancy stretch marks from appear. However, you can take some precautionary measures, as well as undergo certain types of treatment to reduce their appearance or get rid of them altogether.
Make sure your skin is hydrated
Stretch marks are more likely to appear on dry skin. So, even from the first month of pregnancy, make sure to hydrate your belly, breasts, buttocks and thighs thoroughly. You can easily find some anti-stretch marks creams and lotions at your local drug store, but even basic hydrating ones are better than nothing.
If your post-pregnancy stretch marks aren’t very severe, creams with tretinoin (Retin-A) and glycolic acid can help you reduce their appearance. These creams exfoliate the first layer of skin and stimulate the growth of a new, healthy layer. Be advised, though: you shouldn’t expect any miracles, just a minor reduction.
Laser has the ability to reduce small scars and stretch marks. You will need more than one treatment (typically 4 to six sessions, spread 4 weeks apart), but it’s less invasive than cosmetic surgery and requires no downtime. You will, however, have to wait until you’re done with breastfeeding in order to undergo laser treatment.
The last resort of women who want to diminish their post-pregnancy stretch marks as much as possible is cosmetic surgery. During such a procedure, the surgeon basically folds your tummy by removing the scarred portions below the navel. Very few women choose to have this type of surgery because it is expensive, painful and requires a long and difficult downtime, so it’s not exactly ideal for someone with a demanding newborn on their hands.
All in all, if you want to reduce the appearance of post-pregnancy stretch marks, laser treatment is the most affordable and convenient procedure.