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privatescreen33 03-29-2005 12:26 AM

Effects of gaining and your skin
I have lots of scarring on my back. it looks like strips underneath the skin have been lost. these scars can range from half an inch to two inches long. I have not lost or gained a larger amount of weight and though i suspect they are stretch marks due to getting taller during my teenage years, they really dont look like stretch marks at all. There is one odd thing about these marks that makes me wonder if they CAN be helped to appear a little less severe...

When I stretch the skin on my back near my surrounding scars the appearence of my scars are greatly diminished. Even under the brightest light if my skin is stretched the scars are hard to spot (and my scars are VERY obvious under this light). Is it possible that if i were to gain some mass on my back, would this filling out stretch the skin thus lessening the scars much in the way of stretching the surrounding skin as mentioned above? Im a very very thin guy (120 lbs at 6'1 height if that tells ya anything) so i have a LOT of mass to gain. Please let me know your feelings on this. Anyone here have dents in their skin that lessened after gaining muscle or fat? Please let me know, im very depressed about this and would love to hear your thoughts.

Naxis 03-29-2005 06:24 AM

Re: Effects of gaining and your skin
I actually think you may be right. The most salient trait of most stretch marks (after the initial redness wears off) is the texture/depth. If you are able to make the skin more taut through (SLOW!) muscle gain, I think it would minimize the appearance. You just don't want to make it worse by gaining too fast.
And just to note, one of my clients who just had a baby was told that microdermabrasion can help too and she is going to try treatments to see if she gets any kind of significant difference. That's a very pricey way to go, but if it works at all, it would be well worth it to a lot of people. If she has any success, I'll post her results here.

privatescreen33 03-29-2005 07:04 PM

Re: Effects of gaining and your skin
Thank you very much for your response. Its so hard having such horrible skin all over my back like this and Im trying very hard to look on the bright side with it all. My frame is extremely small (protruding spine due to lack of weight) so i figure that being that i have so much to fill out that hopefully it will reduce the appearence of these weird marks. I very much appreciate you saying you will post on here later about your friend because dermabrastion interests me very much because i have some tiny white bumps on my shoulders and shoulder blades that i feel surgery could help. I will do whatever it takes no matter the cost to feel comfortable in my own skin. Thank you for your input and i cant wait to hear about your friends results

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