Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch Mark Removal

Nearly all women who have given birth to a child or have gone through weight changes, including those associated with the rapid growth in the teen years have experienced stretch marks. While these lines that appear on the breasts, hips, shoulders, buttocks, stomach and thighs are harmless, many women are self-conscious and wonder how to remove stretch marks.

Over the Counter Products

Although some companies sell products they market as stretch mark removal cream, the truth is that no cream can replace the displaced collagen that accounts for the lines’ appearance. The skin is made up of various layers, including the epidermis- the outermost layer, and the dermis, the lower layer. Collagen is produced in the dermis. Rapid changes resulting from growth or weight gain can cause the collagen to bunch and stretch, leaving behind what are commonly called stretch marks. Since creams rarely penetrate past the epidermis, they are ineffective in replacing collagen.

Laser Therapy

A far more effective treatment is stretch mark laser removal. The laser is capable of Stretch Mark Removalpenetrating to the deeper layers of the skin, targeting specific areas and stimulating the development of new collagen as the cells natural healing processes are awakened. A stretch mark removal laser is the least invasive effective option for removing stretch marks.

Surgery

When it comes to stretch mark removal surgery, only an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck” is truly effective. This is because the procedure tightens the lower abdominal muscles and removes excess skin in the area affected. Surgery is considered an invasive option and not usually recommended for stretch mark removal alone. As part of a larger cosmetic procedure plan, it is effective. If you are concerned about the look of stretch marks, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rast’s team will discuss your options and help you that fits your goals.

How Plastic Surgery Affects Future Pregnancy

pregnancy & plastic surgery kansas cityMany female patients we see at our Kansas City plastic surgery clinic are concerned with how cosmetic surgery of their body could potential harm or affect a potential pregnancy somewhere in their future. Past plastic surgery procedures will not hurt your chances of becoming pregnant or harm your child while you are pregnant.

As many women know, pregnancy causes bodies to change in major ways. These changes will affect the results of a plastic surgery procedure.

Tummy Tuck & Pregnancy

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure performed to remove excess tissue and fat from the abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. While tummy tucks are usually a better option post-baby, there should be no issue with getting pregnant afterwards.

During pregnancy, the abdominal region carries most of the burden. Muscles and skin stretch, new fat pockets are formed, and many other chances are seen. A person with a tummy tuck will see the same changes to their body, and a touch up may be necessary post-birth.

Breast Implants & Breast Feeding

Many women are concerned that they will not be able to breast feed if they’ve had breast implants. There is some risk of complication, but it is important to talk to Dr. Rast about your concerns so that he can devise an augmentation plan. By avoiding disruption of the milk ducts during surgery, it increases the likelihood of breast feeding post-implants.

Pregnancy also causes changes in the breasts. Breast implants will not cause harm to the pregnancy or mother, but the shape of the breasts may change. Be sure to talk with Dr. Rast about your concerns with pregnancy and breast feeding.

Other Cosmetic Procedures

While tummy tucks and breast implants are usually the main cause of concern for women when it comes to pregnancy, pregnancy can cause changes to other types of cosmetic procedures. If you’re considering any type of plastic surgery and planning to get pregnant in the future, be sure to talk with Dr. Rast about your concerns so that he can create the best option for you.

Schedule A Consultation in Kansas City

Ready to take the next step? Call our plastic surgery office at (913)451-3722 or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently and privately located to Kansas City in Leawood.