If you’ve recently given birth – or if you’re expecting a baby soon – you’re probably thinking about how you’ll get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, but that’s not all. You’re probably also thinking about the stretch marks you’ve gained along your abdomen as your baby developed inside you.
While stretch marks are a part of most women’s journey to maternity, they do not have to be a constant reminder of your pregnancy after you give birth. In fact, there are several ways that you can get rid of them, and there are even ways to prevent them from forming in the first place.
Before we get into how to remove stretch marks after pregnancy, though, it’s important to first understand what stretch marks are. Purple and red stretch marks are actually subdermal tears in your skin tissue that occur as your skin is stretched beyond its elastins’ ability to yield. White stretch marks are actually scar tissue after those tears have healed.
Thus, red and purple stretch marks can often be treated to prevent the formation of white stretch marks. After they’ve formed, though, white stretch marks must be removed with different procedures.
Treating Early (Red or Purple) Stretch Marks
The key to avoiding scarification with early stretch marks is to feed your skin all of the nutrients and moisture it needs to heal. At Juvia Med Spa, we have several high-quality creams that are full of vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and other nutrients that will help prevent your stretch marks from forming scar tissue. Using these products regularly during your pregnancy can help those early stretch marks fade away and disappear.
In some cases, small, shallow white stretch marks will appear, even if you’ve been very careful with treating your red or purple stretch marks. With these, a chemical peel or microdermabrasion will usually take care of the problem. Essentially, because we’re looking at very light scarring, chemical exfoliation is a good way to get rid of that scar tissue. Some patients prefer microdermabrasion, with its fine mist of exfoliating particles, to chemical peels, but either one is a good option in this case.
Laser Scar Removal
For deeper and older stretch marks where the scar tissue is set farther into the skin, laser scar removal is a better option. This will work in one of two ways. You may come in for multiple sessions in which the top layers of skin are stripped away with a laser, leaving behind young, unscarred skin. For especially deep or large scars, laser scar removal works by focusing on the scar tissue itself and breaking it up. Over a period of a few sessions, the scar tissue will be entirely broken up, and your body will reabsorb it. After a few weeks, your stretch marks should have significantly faded, and they will likely disappear entirely in time.
Every patient is different, and so there are several methods available to deal with stretch marks after pregnancy. If you’re looking forward to getting your pre-baby body back and hitting the beach in a bikini next summer – or if you’re just looking forward to seeing smooth, even skin on your belly again – please don’t hesitate to call us at Juvia Med Spa today at 817-427-3700!