By definition, stretch marks are:
Streaks or stripes on the skin... caused by distension of the skin.
In other words... those annoying dark or light lines on your skin that most women will have experienced at some time or another in their lives.
If you're worried about your breast skin being more stripey than a zebra after your breast augmentation then read on...
Will I Get Stretch Marks with My Breast Implants? Maybe!
I love facts! Did you know; your skin is the biggest organ in your body. That's a big thing to take care of, and take care of it you should. The type of skin you have (e.g. dry/spot prone) is pretty much down to your genes (in other words, you get what you’re given).
Whether you get stretch marks or not is down to the elasticity of your skin. If your skin is elastic enough to cope with any stretching from growth, pregnancy, weight gain (and even breast implants) you won't get stretch marks. If you've never had any, yay you!
How to Prevent Stretch Marks after Breast Implants
When I was a teenager I developed stretch marks on my sides and a few on my back from having a growth spurt. Funny enough though I didn't suffer the same fate during pregnancy (go figure?!). I can't be sure whether it was down to my daily (OK, multiple times daily) moisturizing with boobie butter, or whether it was just lady luck. Either way, same goes for your breast implants:
there is no harm in prepping your skin before a breast augmentation (and treating it well after).
Moisturize before and after a breast Augmentation
Stretch marks can occasionally occur after breast augmentation (the skin does stretch to accommodate the breast implants after all). That being said, hydration is a key part of good skin care. Whether or not you get stretch marks, keeping your skin well moisturized will help your skin look and feel better. Drink lots of water and try using my boobie butter 2 weeks before your breast augmentation to give your breasts their best fighting chance!
Every scar and mark tells the tales of your life... so be proud of them in whatever shape or form they are.
Thoughts from Dr. Michelle RoughtonIt's hard to know if you would develop stretch marks with an augmentation, since as Jenny Eden mentions, it's mainly dependent on the elasticity and tone of your skin. I would say though that it is pretty uncommon for stretch marks to happen, and there's a greater potential for it to happen with larger implants.
Keeping your skin moisturized and staying hydrated is great advice to get the best result!