not really nursing related...stretch marks!

  1. Does anyone have any idea how to reduce the appearance of stretch marks? I have tried a couple of different remedies, although I guess may not be sticking with it long enough. I wonder if its ever really possible. Any advice would be appreciated. TIA

    jemommy
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  3. by   kids
    I had huge ones on my tummy after having babies. I used nothing and the color faded within a year but the texture never returned to normal. (I know, I'm not a lot of help)
  4. by   Deb123j
    Quote from jemommy
    Does anyone have any idea how to reduce the appearance of stretch marks? I have tried a couple of different remedies, although I guess may not be sticking with it long enough. I wonder if its ever really possible. Any advice would be appreciated. TIA

    jemommy
    Ditto - my neices (twins) have just lost quite a bit of weight and asked me the same question! I hope somebody has some good advise!!!
  5. by   Jaded82
    I've never used it but there is a product called Stri-Vectin you can purchase it on skincarerx.com I hear it's very effective.
  6. by   nursbee04
    One of my friends said Mederma works well, but I don' t know firsthand of any remedies.
  7. by   luvbug9956
    Dont waste your hard-earned money on anything that claims to erase stretch marks. I was a gymnast and very slim in my adolescence...when I stopped training, I got stretch marks on my thighs from weight gain. Unfortunately, just like cellulite, there is no magic cream to take them away. They have faded to a very light tan color, but the texture is there. The only thing i have noticed that made a difference is toning...for example, if the marks are on your stomach, do situps to get the tummy muscles tight again. teh stretch marks will still be there but wont look so obvious. good luck...just dont buy any of those products!
  8. by   busykim
    Quote from jemommy
    Does anyone have any idea how to reduce the appearance of stretch marks? I have tried a couple of different remedies, although I guess may not be sticking with it long enough. I wonder if its ever really possible. Any advice would be appreciated. TIA

    jemommy
    I worked for a laser/cosmetic derm specialty group for 4 years. There is a laser that works well for "new" stretch marks that are still red or pink. If they have already faded then sometimes Retin-A was used or you could try Mederma, but I personally never saw anyone stick with regimen and get good results. I have them too and feel I am stuck with them...part of motherhood for me.
  9. by   jemommyRN
    Thank you guys, i have heard of strivectin, it's really expensive for a little tube though. (about $120.00 ). Thanks and let me know if you all come up with something.
  10. by   uk_nurse
    i was told that all these creams available on the market dont work. I'm one of the lucky ones i have had 3 children and 4th on the way and have no stretch marks. It depends on the elasticity of your skin. If your skin is naturally oily then the skin adjusts to stretching. Well thats what im told by some professional people.
  11. by   finness
    I grew all at once around the age 11 and got terrible stretch marks on my calfs, thighs, and breasts. The color has faded over the years, but NOT the texture. Tanning (I know...BAD idea) reduces the appearance, but is bad for your skin. I feel your pain!

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