Stretch marks are a result of skin stretching at a rate too fast for elastin fibers to keep up with. This can occur during puberty and growth spurts or during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that 90% of women will develop stretch marks during their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy – even if balms and preventive measures are utilized. While keeping the skin hydrated with coco butter or “belly balm” can help reduce itchiness and general discomfort, there really is no way to prevent stretch marks from occurring.
Stretch marks cannot be prevented, but they can be treated after your pregnancy. As part of the mommy makeover procedure, board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole utilizes techniques designed to eliminate or reduce stretch marks permanently, allowing for a smooth and blemish-free appearance where once signs of rapid skin stretching were the most noticeable feature.
Options offered by Dr. O’Toole that can prove very effective in eliminating stretch marks include:
- Tummy tuck surgery
- Breast lift
- Thigh lift
These procedures may be performed alone or combined with other breast and body procedures for a complete postpartum rejuvenation. The best way to determine which option is right for you is through a free mommy makeover consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.
If you are looking for the most effective treatment for your stretch marks, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery online or by calling (626) 689-7800 to schedule your free consultation. Dr. O’Toole welcomes women from Los Angeles, Arcadia, and all surrounding areas.