Stretch Marks

We all know that stretch marks are undesirable, and thankfully, stretch marks after a breast augmentation are a rare occurrence. Surgeons don’t know why patients get stretch marks and who is likely to get them, but I have only seen them about three times in my 25 years of practice. Stretch marks become less red over time and will fade substantially. There are no creams, ointments, lasers, or other gimmicks that will improve the appearance of stretch marks, because a stretch mark is a scar, and a scar is permanent.

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What should I do if I develop stretch marks?

Don’t panic. If they do arise, it will happen several weeks after breast augmentation. I don’t know if the removal of your breast implants early after surgery will change the natural course of stretch marks.

How long does it take for stretch marks to heal after a breast augmentation? 

It typically takes about two years for stretch marks to “burn out” and become more skin-colored.

How do I prevent stretch marks after my breast enhancement? 

I don’t know of anything that helps here. You will find many people with their opinions, but nothing has proven to prevent stretch marks.

I have heard that laser treatments help stretch marks. Is that true? 

I have never seen a patient who successfully treated stretch marks with laser treatments. You may see a bit of an improvement, but more often than not laser treatments will leave you disappointed.

Does Retin-A® help stretch marks? 

Retin-A® may improve the appearance of stretch marks, but it would be minimal at best.

Does a breast augmentation improve the appearance of existing stretch marks on my breasts?

Yes. The vast majority of patients with preexisting stretch marks agree that the appearance is improved after breast augmentation.

Are birth control pills related to stretch marks? 

Some believe that hormones are associated with stretch marks, but it is not proven that birth control pills cause stretch marks.

If I got stretch marks from pregnancy or weight gain, does that mean I will get them from a breast augmentation? 

Stretch marks are most closely associated with genetics. Those who have a family history of stretch marks are at higher risk of developing them.

Should I avoid sun on my breasts if I have developed stretch marks? 

I would avoid sun on your breasts for about two years. It may affect the color and appearance of your stretch marks.

Do large breast implants cause stretch marks?

This is not a proven relationship, but clearly the larger you go, the greater the stretching and the greater the possibility of stretch marks.

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