How Do You Remove Stretch Marks David Reath Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
Hi everybody. I'm David Reath, and I'mgoing to talk about this week's TruthOMeter Tuesday question.The question we asked this week was basically a request from many of you from our previousweek. We asked about things that you wanted to knowabout, and one of the top things was stretch marks.So our question was this, quot;The only truly effective way to treat stretch marks is bysurgically removing the skin that contains the streth marks.quot;I would like to tell you that that was a quot;falsequot; or sort of a toss of a coin, but the factof the matter is, that's true.
The problem is this: stretch marks are reallyscars. And there's no way to eliminate a scar totally either than to remove the skin thatcontains the scar. People have tried different creams, peoplehave tried different salves, people hvae tried laser. None of these things really work onstretch marks. They're still there, and quite honestly I think the results for most of thesethings are not worth what you're going to pay for them.Now it is true that as time goes on stretch marks may fade a little bit, as do scars.But they won't go away unless you remove the skin that contains the scars.So I'm sorry to tell you all that the answer
to that is true. Most of you already knowthis, and got it right. So let's find out who won this week.Britney Phillips. Britney, congratulations, you're this week's winner.You get a $100 gift card, come on into the office. Pick that up. We'd love to see you.I thank everybody for playing this week, we had a great number of responses, and we'regoing to try to come up with a really good, interesting questionfor you again next week. So, see you then.
When to Use Stretch Mark Cream During Pregnancy
Do you know when to use stretch mark creamduring pregnancyé I know there are women who would use it themoment they got a positive pregnancy test if they thought it would prevent stretch marks. You have to start putting stretch mark creamor preventatives in place, because you can't get rid of scars once they form. But thosecreams have to do something, because I know people who have had three kids and don'thave stretch marks. About half of all women don't get stretchmarks. But I won't know if I'm in that half untilit is too late.
Your odds of stretch marks go up if you'recarrying multiples or gain a lot of weight over the pregnancy. I knew about the rapid weight gain. I've seen body builders with stretch marksbecause they bulked too fast. Which creams should I use to avoid stretchmarksé Aloe or something elseé Using a moisturizer reduces the odds of stretchmarks, and it will reduce the itching you may feel as things stretch out. Most of the creams I'm looking at have that.
Unfortunately, there's no cream proven toprevent stretch marks, though you can use moisturizers at any time. All you can do ishide it afterward. Or get laser scar removal. I wish I coulduse effective creams like I did for acne as a teen. Do not use RetinA while pregnant, thoughit would help. That stuff can cause birth defects. What about compounds with glycolic acid orwitch hazelé Glycolic acid isn't proven to do anything.Witch hazel is a skin conditioner, but it
doesn't prevent stretch marks. What can I doé If you develop those scars of maternity, wearthem with pride. I'd as easily be proud of the baby's spitup on my shirt. So switch to a one piece swimsuit after youhave the baby or cover yourself tactfully with sunscreen. No one in real life is goingto judge you for stretch marks. You're right. The baby fat matters more.