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.
Best Pregnancy Oil to Prevent Stretch Marks
I want to know which is the best pregnancyoil to prevent stretch marks. If body oil prevented stretch marks, you knowa lot of body builders wouldn't have to put on so much oil to hide their stretch marks. That's caused by bulking up too fast. Stretch marks are caused by the tissue expandingfaster than the skin can stretch without tearing, creating stretch marks. I knew that much. Do not use castor oil or some other purgativeto prevent the natural weight gain and growth
you'll see during pregnancy. So what can I useé You can eat foods rich in omega 3 and antioxidantsto help improve skin elasticity like salmon and spinach That makes me ill even thinking about it. Then try berries, oranges and other fruitsrich in antioxidants. And mango gives you vitamin A too. That's healthy in general.
Eating walnuts gives you omega 3 and vitaminE if meat makes you feel ill. Should I try those fruit based creams to treatmy skiné I know cucumber slices on the eyes are supposedto treat puffy eyes, but rainforest scented hair products and skin treatments that soundlike a luscious fruit smoothie aren't going to do much more than drain your budget. All you've told me so far is what not to do. Drink a lot of liquids to stay hydrated soyour body keeps the skin supple instead of dried out.
I get the same advice just to keep from gettingdehydrated from all the throwing up. I've heard of coconut oil used as a skin cleanseryou can use during pregnancy. Do avoid harsh chemicals that are in some on the shelf exfoliatingagents. That's why I asked about natural alternatives. You can try using fewer soaps to remove oilfrom your skin and pat it dry after a shower instead of harsher soaps and then adding lotions. The ultimate in allnatural. In theory, you can naturally moisturize theskin to make it more supple using shea butter,
wheatgerm oil, and cocoa butter. The last one sounds more like a dessert thana skin treatment. I've heard of people using kokum butter andalmond oil too, to keep the skin supple. Whether this is enough to prevent stretch marks entirelyor simply minimize them, I don't know. I've heard of shea butter used to treat stretchmarks after you have the kids. Stretch marks are scars, so you can't do morethan cover them up with makeup or more clothes. That's why there is so much emphasis on prevention. I've heard of onion extract and hyaluronicacid that help them fade.
If the stretch marks are still red insteadof darkened, some studies found it helped, but once they've darkened on white women andlightened on darker women, it is for life. It is all for life, just minimizing what Ihave to live with. Use sunscreen to minimize discoloration andavoid citrus oils that increase your sensitivity to sunlight. You mentioned onion extract. What do you thinkof rosemary or basil oilé On pasta it's fine, on you it is not. Andstay away from any oils that are supposed to balance hormones like sage, marjoram, myrrhor anise.
Pregnancy Skin Care Stretch Marks Parents
Stretch marks, the biggest fear of every pregnantwoman. If your mother had them, you're likely to get them also. So what can you do if anythingto prevent themé Well, the first thing is to moisturize your skin a lot. Wellmoisturizedskin is going to be less likely to tear because the elastic fibers are more resilient. Somoisturize your breasts, your belly, your hips and your back side every day. Look forthe ingredients Shea butter, avocado oil, wheat germ oil, coconut oil, basically anyessential oil works really well. Another thing you can do to prevent stretch marks, and Ithink it's something that's really overlooked but very important; gain weight slowly andsteadily. A rapid weight gain is gonna make
it more likely for the elastic fibers to tearcausing a stretch mark. So what can you do to treat them if you do unfortunately getthemé When the stretch marks start, they're purple and red and this is the best time totreat them. We can use a topical retinoid like RetinA if you're not breastfeeding,and we can also use the lasers KTP and pulsed dye laser to get out some of the redness.Once the stretch marks are old, they usually turn white or silvery and have kind of a wrinkledappearance. It's much harder to treat these and I'll be honest with you. I don't thinkthere's any laser out there that's great yet, but I'm hoping. And if you do have stretchmarks, at least know that they're in places
that not too many people see. They're gonnaprobably fade with time and become less apparent to even you, and you do have a beautiful babyto show for your hard work.