There are a great many people with stretch marks that feel uncomfortable and self conscious about their scars. Many doctors realize this, and they have several treatment options to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. While no method currently guarantees the complete removal of your stretch marks, except surgery, there are options for you to choose from. Stretch marks do not pose any medical danger. They are purely a cosmetic issue, and doctors treat them as such. This usually means your insurance will not cover stretch mark removal or treatments.
Chemical peels are one common way to deal with stretch marks. During this process, a dilute form of acid is used to remove the top layers of skin to produce skin cell production in underlying epidermal layers. The result is less noticeable stretch marks and smoother skin. This process usually takes more than one session, and there is a risk of additional scarring from the chemicals used.
Laser surgery is the most expensive of the treatment options for stretch mark removal. This is because it usually takes 5 to 6 treatments before you see results. Studies show that this type of procedure has its best results on newer stretch marks that are reddish purple in color. Laser treatments stimulate new tissue growth in the middle layer of skin known as the dermis. Because of this production of new dermal tissue, improvement in the appearance of stretch marks can continue up to 6 months after laser treatments.
Stretch Mark Creams
There are many creams and ointments available for purchase claiming that they can make stretch marks disappear. These creams are costly and rarely, if ever, do they really make stretch marks go away completely. The best luck with these creams is on newly formed stretch marks. Frequent application and massaging helps to stimulate new tissue growth. Many of these creams do diminish stretch marks visually although to see results you have to be very disciplined in your application regimen. More information on topical creams used for treatment and prevention of stretch marks is provided on this website.
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.