Our advice to Kate
TRUTH #1: Creams, oils, and even drinking lots of water will not prevent stretch marks.
“There are simply no evidence-based studies to support these myths,” says Kellett. The only way to prevent stretch marks is to not get too fat too fast. Gaining rapid weight during pregnancy is the primary cause of stretch marks. Consistent weight gain throughout a pregnancy is key, says Kellett. Instead of using pregnancy as a free pass to McDonald’s, focus on eating more low-calorie, nutrient-loaded healthy food such as lean proteins (chicken breasts, salmon, eggs) and water-rich vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, and leafy greens). Eating clean not only keeps stretch marks away but a balanced diet also ensures that you get adequate amounts of Vitamins A, E and C, which help to maintain the suppleness of the skin.
TRUTH #2: Lasers can improve the appearance of stretch marks by up to 90%.
But you have to zap them early! “It’s best to treat stretch marks one minute after delivery,” says Kellett, half jokingly. Realistically, you want to get to the dermatology clinic as soon as possible after giving birth – while the stretch marks are still red, advises the good doc. Lasers works because it repairs the skin’s natural synthesis of skin-plumping collagen – that precious protein that repairs and rejuvenates skin tissue. When you stimulate growth of depleted collagen, this helps in filling the stretch marks so they are less visible. Dr. Kellett and her team at DLK on Avenue use the ND: Yag Laser to achieve impressive results. Prices start at $350 per treatment.