Must Females Anticipate Removal Of Stretch Marks Soon After Having A Baby?
No sooner than conception is established, a woman's imagination gets under way getting more dreamy. Every time an idle minute occurs, there you are, right off at some point, cuddling just a little package of cuddliness within your arms and humming lullabies. You'll never really start to see the face or even the shade of the attire but ‘babiness’ undoubtedly oozes from every pore of what you happen to be carrying. And that's on the very good days! Then there are the days when all you see in those daydream moments are stretch marks on your belly and boobs!
But is it inevitable that stretch marks will appear as a result of having a baby? One bit of research that has been reported widely since the summer of 2013 suggests that genetics could have a major part to play in whether you get stretch marks or not. Of course, one study is not really enough to confirm anything but it does give hope to those who don’t have a mutation in or near their elastin gene. This was the most significant of four genes that were found to have signs of mutation in those who had developed stretch marks at some time in their life.
Elastin is known to be responsible in creating stretchy skin and it has been seen in other studies that loose skin can be associated with proteins not being present that are produced using this elastin blueprint. So if further research confirms this as a potential indicator of stretch marks during pregnancy then products may start to become available in the form of skin ointments or medications that make the skin a lot more elastic.
At present though, if your Mum didn’t have stretch marks and your Grannie missed out on them too, then you could be one of the lucky women who never have any problems with striae, which is what they tend to be called in medical journals. For others, the best advice we’ve come across is to try and keep your weight gain steady rather than put it all on in the last couple of months of pregnancy. Everyone tends to gain between 25 and 35 lbs during pregnancy so the skin needs to stretch considerably, particularly around the belly. It is when the middle layer of skin, the dermis, breaks under the tension of top and lower layers growing too quickly that stretch marks form.
In lighter skinned women stretch marks first appear as darker pink striations that settle down into becoming silver over the years. In darker skinned women they appear as whitened lines and do not alter their appearance so much as time goes by.
Whatever your genetic inheritance, if you do get stretch marks, it’s not the end of the world as now there are treatments that can remove stretch marks, permanently. One such treatment is available at several clinics throughout the London area and uses a process known as Recell to grow healthy looking cells to replace the damaged stretch mark skin area. So dismiss those negative dreams and focus on the positive ones. There’s nothing to worry about!