How to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

How to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

Date 07 Dec 2023  

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Stretch marks are one of the most common concerns experienced by many females during and after pregnancy. As if weight gain, swelling ankles, and frequent bathroom visits weren't enough. Many pregnant women wonder if there is anything they can do to alleviate or avoid stretch marks. There are so many stretch mark products in the market that it might be confusing.

Here in this guide, cosmetic surgeons in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics will discuss ways to manage stretch marks and other effective treatments that are very much effective in managing them.

What are Stretch Marks?

A stretch mark is a skin defect caused by the rapid stretching of the skin. The body changes shape during its entire life. Skin is quite elastic, but if one stretches it too quickly, the collagen and elastin in the skin might become distorted. Other known causes include growth spurts, rapid weight fluctuations, and muscular gain.

Stretch marks can be caused by heredity, changing hormones, or disorders such as Cushing's disease or Marfan syndrome.

These marks are frequently formed like tree branches and are usually red, purple, or brown, depending on the skin's tone, especially at first. Initially, they may be elevated above the skin and slightly irritating.

Stretch marks frequently appear smooth or even shiny when compared to the surrounding skin. They often fade to pink or white as they age. Raised stretch marks eventually blend in with the surrounding skin. As time passes, mature stretch marks may seem somewhat indented.

Stretch marks are irreversible. However, mature stretch marks normally blend in rather well with the skin after a few years. Stretch marks can be more visible if one has a darker complexion. This is because they lose colour and lighten as they heal. This makes them more noticeable in darker skin tones.

Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Stretch marks are more common in certain areas of the body than others. Hips, tummy, and breasts may be affected in pregnant women. In women, these areas tend to accumulate more fat than the rest of the body.

As a result, these areas of the body gain the most weight during pregnancy, causing the skin to expand. Of course, the tummy stretches significantly to create room for the baby. Stretch marks on the tummy are common in women and can linger for a long time after giving birth.

Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Many women who are pregnant question how to avoid stretch marks. As companies strive to capitalise on this, there are lots of stretch mark creams on the market. While many stretch mark lotions have yet to be shown to be effective, several do aid to some extent by keeping skin moisturised. However, certain ingredients have been shown to perform much better. It is critical to begin early in pregnancy before stretch marks appear.

  • Moisturise the skin

The best stretch mark prevention is to use natural topical oils that help nourish and soften the skin, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, and carrot oil. These oils are high in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, E, and B, and they can moisturise and improve skin cell membranes. This makes the cells more resistant to damage and enhances skin suppleness. Since it is mild on sensitive skin, sweet almond oil is especially beneficial during pregnancy.

  • Massage regularly

Daily massage is a powerful way to lessen the chance or severity of stretch marks during pregnancy. Massage stimulates the tissues beneath the superficial layers of the skin, even when given in light strokes, making it both useful and safe during pregnancy. “To prevent or treat stretch marks, use a specific pregnancy body oil to gently draw small, repeated circles over the skin regularly, focusing on any areas of the body where there has been or may be weight gain”, shares stretch marks treatment doctor in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics.

  • Eat well

Eat plenty of carrots, pumpkins, raw nuts and seeds, olive oil, eggs, beef, and sardines to boost overall skin health. These are high in fat-soluble vitamins A and E, which are necessary for skin suppleness. Incorporate citrus fruits, blackcurrants, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, watercress, papaya, broccoli, snow peas, and a little dark chocolate on the side to boost skin collagen. These are all high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids and have anti-aging properties.

Stretch Mark Treatments

Getting rid of stretch marks has always been a difficult process. When new stretch marks form, they are pink or crimson, slightly elevated, and have obvious tearing or laddering. They then expand in length and turn a dark purple colour before falling flat and turning a silvery white colour over time. 

Plastic surgeon in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics use a variety of procedures to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Combining treatment procedures has resulted in considerable improvements in stretch mark appearance.

  • Skin needling

Skin needling stimulates new tissue growth in stretch mark-affected areas by using micro-fine needles to create microscopic holes. This results in low-level physical stress that generates new elastin and collagen. During this process, the skin remains intact and is not harmed. Skin needling benefits typically occur within the first month of treatment. However, it can take anything from three to twelve months.

  • P-R-P

Plate-let-rich plas-ma (P-R-P) is a restorative treatment based on a patient's blood. Before being reinjected into the body, the plat-elet-rich plas-ma is removed and concentrated. P-R-P stimulates growth factors capable of regenerating skin, repairing tissue, and producing collagen. The procedure is non-invasive and painless, and there is no risk of allergic reactions or infection.

  • Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck treatment can be beneficial for removing stretch marks, but it is only applied to the areas of skin involved in the surgery. The tummy tuck procedure is frequently effective in removing any bulge produced by excess skin, fat, or loose abdominal muscles, resulting in a flatter, shapelier abdomen.

Stretch marks below the belly button will most likely be removed, but those above the belly button will remain visible. The stretch marks in this area may be less visible, although the result will differ from patient to patient.

  • Laser

Fractional laser treatments are one of the more successful stretch mark treatments in Hyderabad options available today. This laser stretch mark treatment improves the amount of collagen and elastin fibre in the affected areas. When undergoing laser therapy resurfacing treatments at Eternelle Aesthetics, patients experience a more than 50% transformation in the appearance of their stretch marks.

Stretch marks can be managed with effective treatments and with the help of an expert. If one is suffering from any issues related to these marks, get in touch with Eternelle Aesthetics experts for more details.