Q&A: Getting Rid of Stretch Marks After Pregnancy?
posted on 8/8/2013
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Hi, I'm a 17 year old single mother of a 6 month old son. During my pregnancy I developed horrible strech marks that completely cover my stomach and go in circles around my belly button. I was wondering what type of surgery would best get rid of my battle scars and an approximate price. I would love to show off my stomach in a bikini again!- Julie
--Csaba Magassy, M.D., F.A.C.S.
--ROBERT HUNSAKER, MD
Thanks for your question. At such a young age, I would not recommend any surgical treatments at this point. For one, you are still only 6 months postpartum and your skin may recover. I would use good skin care- even cocoa butter or moisturizers. I don't have a lot of confidence in creams which claim to reduce stretch marks. I also would wait til you've had more children if you plan to in the near future. Really loose Skin may require a tummy tuck but I wouldn't do one at such a young age. Laser treatments such as Titan may also help but I have no experience with that. Good Luck!
--Glenn Lyle, M.D.
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