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You don't have to settle for living with your stretch marks or undergo plastic surgery to treat them as a great many people believe.  With new knowledge about stretch marks, you now have many treatment options to effectively treat your stretch marks.

What is the best treatment available?

Prevention is by far the best treatment available for stretch marks.  Once you get them though, don't overlook the prevention strategies because all of the steps you take for prevention can be carried over for treatment.  Healthy skin on a healthy body is much easier to treat than skin that is not well taken care of.

Covering up your stretch marks with cosmetics definitely disguises the marks but does not treat your stretch marks.  It just makes them less visible to the public eye.

One of the least expensive ways to treat stretch marks is by using topical creams and ointments.  There are many over the counter creams that can help treat your stretch marks.  Look for creams that will help with scar tissue reduction and collagen synthesis.  Strivectin has long been noted for its ability to decrease the appearance of stretch marks over time.  Keep in mind that for these creams to work, you must be patient and diligent in your application.  Also, when applying the creams or ointments, take time to massage the area to help increase blood flow.  Increased blood flow to the area can decrease the healing time needed for stretch marks.

There are also prescription creams that are used for stretch mark treatment.  These creams contain Retin A, retinol, or other derivatives of Vitamin A.  The concentrated derivatives of Vitamin A have been proven to stimulate collagen synthesis to cause the skin to heal itself over time.  These particular creams work best on the reddish colored stretch marks.

Another form of stretch mark treatment is a chemical peel.  Usually performed in a dermatologist's office, this type of treatment uses a thin chemical mask to "peel" off the top layer of skin where your stretch marks are located.  Chemical peels usually stimulate collagen production and in turn promote healing of the stretch mark scar.

Laser therapy and light therapy are two additional stretch mark treatments. These treatments usually require more than one doctor visit in order to see results.  With laser therapy, intense laser light is directed onto the stretch mark in order to break down scar tissue and stimulate collagen production and elastin repair.  Light therapy can work on the silvery white stretch marks helping them to build up their normal melanin stores again.  This alone can help stretch marks look less visible.

Endermologie has been used for quite some time to reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite in the body, but recently it has been gaining popularity in treating stretch marks.  Through the use of rollers and gentle suction, circulation is increased in the affected areas.  This increase in circulation has been shown to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks because of the stimulation of increased healing from increased circulation.

Whichever stretch mark treatment you choose, make sure you consult with your doctor.  Be confident that you are comfortable with every aspect of the option you choose BEFORE you undergo any treatment.

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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