I'm 112Lbs, 5'3" And 20 Years Old. I Have Had Two Kids, Oldest Is 4 Youngest Is 20Months. I Went From 103 To 158 During My First Pregnancy And From 105 To 142 With The Second. I Can't Seem To Get Below 109 Lbs Now Though. It Is A Huge Blow To My Self Esteem Feeling Like I Have The Stomach Of A 45 Year Old. I Am Not At All Interested In A Tummy Tuck. Also, Is There Anything That Really Works To Lessen The Appearance And Improve The Texture Of Stretch Marks? Thanks So Much For Your Time!
Is There A Non Surgical Procedure That Really Works To Tighten Skin Permanently? (photo)
Doctor Answers 2
Thermage is the ideal non-surgical way to tighten the skin on the Abdomen
Treatment for lax skin and stretch marks after pregnancy
For skin tightening of the abdomen, I would recommend Thermage which is a radiofrequency laser used for skin tightening both on the face and the body. You notice immediate tightening post-procedure which is attributed to collagen contraction with more improvement over the following 6 months as new collagen is laid down.
For stretch marks, I like two different lasers:
- If there is any redness in the stretch marks, I would use the Vbeam laser to address vascularity
- If the stretch marks are skin colored, I have had success using the Lux 1540 laser which is a fractionated non-ablative technology which helps remodel build collagen from beneath. For this indication, 6 treatments are usually required and these are spaced out every 3-4 weeks.
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