What are the treatment options for stretch mark removal?

One should consult a dermatologist for the removal of stretch marks. Invasive procedures like lasers are also recommended by doctors. However they can only be performed after 6 months post delivery. Women who are opting for exclusive breast feeding post 6 months should further delay laser treatment. Application of certain creams and lotions prescribed by the doctors are useful for the treatment of stretch marks. Surgical options such as tummy tuck can also be recommended by the specialists.

Is there any way to prevent stretch marks?

There are certain creams which are prescribed by the dermatologists to prevent stretch marks. Antenatal exercises are the best treatment to prevent stretch marks from occurring. If your changing body exercises and goes through the recommended stretch exercises, the marks can be managed. Please consult specialists for the ante natal physiotherapy and yoga sessions. Post delivery stretch marks treatment can be done through various ways. The suitability is as per patient condition & requirement.

What sorts of skin care routine do you recommend for pregnant women?

Taking care of our skin during pregnancy is very important task one must do. Maintaining a proper hygiene by cleaning skin on regular intervals and moisturizing it to prevent it from getting dried is also recommended. Proper intake of fluids and doing antenatal exercises also help to maintain a healthy skin. If you are experiencing pigmentation on your body, face or your abdomen area, you should consult a specialist. You should also consult a nutritionist to suggest you the right diet that can complement your skin care.

Is it true that women glow in pregnancy? Is yes, why?

Yes it is true that skin glows in pregnancy because of certain hormonal changes taking place inside the body. Releases of certain hormones like estrogen or progesterone are responsible for the changes happening. The increase in blood flow is also an important factor. During pregnancy production of blood increases by 50%. You can slow the mask of pregnancy and use an oil free cleanser. Consult a Dermatologist to retain your skin glow.

Can laser hair removal be done during pregnancy?

No, laser hair removal is not recommended during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester when organogenesis takes place. But it is recommended not to undergo any type of hair removal treatment for at least 6 months post delivery. This is because new mothers are recommended exclusive breast feeding and its better not to expose yourself to any foreign high radiations or lazers. There is also no conclusive research that shows the affect of the lazers on the feotus, referring to the same consultants don’t recommend any lazer treatment pre and immediately post pregnancy.

Post my pregnancy I am experiencing acne. What should I do?

Increase in sebum secretion happens due to hyper activation of all the glands in the body which leads to formation of acne. If the problem persists for long, one should consult a dermatologist. It usually takes a year for a body to settle the hormonal imbalances and rush. In the meantime consulting a dermatologist shall help you chose the right skin care regime and diet routine to reduce and manage the acne outgrowth.

What are the common skin conditions during pregnancy?

The common skin conditions during pregnancy are pigmentation of the face known as chloasma, the change in the color of the abdomen skin known as linea nigra. Women also start developing stretch marks. There are certain changes in the nails of hands and feet, as they start getting brittle. Sometimes, women face excessive hair growth known as Hirsutism. This is due to the hormonal changes that are happening in the body. Varicose veins are one of the common issues faced by women during pregnancy. You might feel the veins in your feet are buldging and becoming more prominent. Consult a Dermatologist or a General Physician. Miliaria or prickly heat, a condition in which one has excessive itching on certain body parts, is also one of the common issues during pregnancy.

Will my skin complexion get affected during pregnancy?

Yes, the skin complexion will get affected during pregnancy. Certain pigmentation changes happen due to hormonal changes in the body. The pigmentary changes in the face are called chloasma which also means darkening or discoloration in the area of the cheeks, forehead and nose. It is also known as the mask of pregnancy. You might feel that your skin has tanned. This discoloration can disappear after few months post delivery. If you are concerned you can consult a Dermatologist for the same. The changes in the skin of abdomen are called Linea Nigra. It is a dark vertical line that appears on the abdomen during about three quarters of all pregnancies. This is natural pigmentation and is not a reaction to any chemical or physical factor. It fades away after a few months post delivery.

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