May 7th, 2011, 03:28 AM
loose skin and stretchmarks...
I am 19 and just had twin boys 4 months ago via c-section. Before I was pregnant I was 120, the day I gave birth I was 210, I am now down to 125 but my skin is really bad looking with stretchmarks and loose skin(as you can probably guess having twins and gaining 90lbs). I have read many places that a tummy tuck is the only solution to tightening the skin on my stomach and other places I have read that ab workouts and the right diets can help tighten the skin over time. I am so confused by this, if anyone has tried the exercise and diet option and has seen results I would love to know what you did, I really would like to tighten my tummy again since summer is right around the corner. Thanks!!
And with the regards to stretchmarks I dont know if anyone has heard this but I was told that tanning helps reduce the visibility. I am currently using cocoa butter lotion which for me is doin nothing. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them. Thanks again!!
May 7th, 2011, 04:01 AM
Congratulations on your boys!
About your stretchmarks. Tanning may work to minimise them a little but in the long run tanning is not a good solution. It causes a loss of elasticity in the skin because UV rays damage your skin. Tanning is what causes wrinkles! So for long term youthfulness, its best to protect yourself from the sun and not embrace it. (except for a little bit to get the vitamin D you need)
Don't go near a tanning bed. These things are dangerous. Their light is also ultraviolet light.
There really isn't much that will fix your stretchmarks but time will help. If you are not going in the water perhaps a bit of makeup will work but really the best solution is to try to accept them.
Having babies changes your body. Its hard, especially when you are so young, but it is the price have to women pay.
May 7th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Think of them as your battle scars : )
May 8th, 2011, 11:33 AM
The stretchmarks will fade over time. When I had my son it took about a year before they started to really lighten up - then I got pregnant again! So, I am not sure of any long term effects but by the one year mark, I was ok with them. Your genetics will play a big part in how much they fade (ask your mom!) Tanning has actually made mine more noticeable (outside in the summer with my son - not intentional tanning) It's like the skin around them tans and they stay silver - not pretty!! You will need to give your body more time - you are still very young and your skin is pretty elastic. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and exercising will help and make you feel better about yourself. My skin (as the weight comes off) is going back to normal - though I don't think it will ever be the same, but I wouldn't change it for anything! I am a different person now and better for it! Good luck and let us know how things are going!
Starting weight 235 @ January 2011
Current weight 162.0 @ January 2014
Goal weight 140
May 18th, 2011, 08:02 PM
I just had a baby a month ago...did you loose the weight easy over time? or did you work really hard to loose it I'm trying to loose my last 17 lbs!
June 1st, 2011, 01:06 PM
To avoid stretch marks my wife used stretch nil cream from 4th month to conceiving period of pregnancy.
June 1st, 2011, 09:04 PM
I had twin girls 4 years ago and never got around to losing the baby weight until last year. I've been down to 135 since last fall and had super loose skin. But over the last 8 months it HAS slowly gotten better. It takes a LOT longer for my skin to heal and tighten up than it took to lose weight. I'm hopeful that with more time and continuing to maintain my weight, it will get better and better.
However, I am certain that it will NEVER be the same as before I had children. Stretch marks will fade and shrink somewhat, but those marks are actually scars from tears in your skin. They will never go away completely.
October 25th, 2011, 07:34 AM
I am 20 years old , and I had my daughter 7 months ago . My husband is deployed so I was detemined to loose the weight and improve my skin ( stretch marks , and the loose skin ) during the ten months he is gone . It was really hard for me to start eating right because my whole pregnancy I ate junk , craved junk . So I got a thermagenic that minimized my appetite and maximized my calories burned while working out . I got a jogging stroller and started jogging . The weight loss happened so fast . Breat feeding helped , then it just stopped helping after a while . I was 190, breatfeeding for two months i went down to 178 , and now i am down to 155 , and I was able to loose that weight within two months of using a thermogenic , proper diet and sometimes jogging haha. I also was using a mederma for my strech marks , and it was helping but I just felt like more could be done . So I did a search and I started looking at derma-rollers , and the whole concept is small neddles the disrupt the surface of your skin , so that it can start healing the stretch marks and improve the elasticity. I have rolled my stomach , twice and it isnt pleasant but I can alreasdy tell a huge difference and its been a week. I have three months before he gets home , and I want to loose this last thirty pounds.. hopefully . He will be happy either way :]
February 3rd, 2012, 11:09 PM
i am 23...for me in both my child cases...i lost weigt during pregnancy....likem y weight was 65 before pregnancy..during pregnancy it reduced to 55....at the time of birth also it was 56....after that i started to gain weight...which i really dont want to.....now i weigh 71..what can i do?
September 13th, 2012, 12:04 PM
I agree, stay away from the tanner. And yes the stretchmarks will fade in time, but I remember when I was in my 20's I wanted to look great; no harm there. From everything I've read you are correct, the only 'big' solution is a tummy tuck, but there's no guarantees that will solve your stretchmarks problems. If you really want it that bad and can afford it, go for it.
January 9th, 2013, 04:33 PM
Helpful information. Thank you for the discussion. Now I have started my Weight Management Programme and I have found some changes on my skin also. that's why I am also looking for it.
January 16th, 2013, 07:22 PM
Hi!! I agree stretch mark will fade away in time. You need to focus on how to reduced weight after giving birth.Eating balance diet, proper and basic exercise and breastfeed will help to achieve your weight goal.
January 28th, 2013, 05:06 PM
My DD is now 3 years old and my stretchmarks are still visible. It lightened a little bit though. As with lose skins, mine had improvements (with exercise and balanced diet) but it weren't as firm as before.
Originally Posted by khrystyne10
September 25th, 2013, 12:17 PM
To avoid stretchmarks some say you should avoid from scratching your tummy during pregnancy and put some oil on it.
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