Stretch Marks

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Identification

Stretch marks are those fine, often silvery lines that result in over stretching the skin. When the skin is pulled too rapidly, from growth or weight gain, a stretch mark can occur. Pregnancy stretch marks can be a particular burden to new mothers.

Both men and women have them, and there are ways to get rid of stretch marks. The newer the stretch mark is, the easier it is for an aesthetic expert to work with, if it’s red or purplish in color then there’s a good chance it can be removed. Silver or white stretch marks have proven more difficult.

Prevention

Stretch marks are caused by hormone levels in the blood. As such, preventing them is extremely difficult. We do not have any substantial recommendations to avert stretch marks.

Treatment

Stretch marks, so many of us have them and few of us know what to do about them or how to get rid of them. Stretch mark removal is possible through Laser Treatments, Topical Creams and Peels, and Microdermabrasion. Stretch marks can be one of the most difficult skin problems to get rid of. However, stretch mark treatments can offer, at the very least, reduction if not total removal.

Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks

Several laser methods can be used for treating stretch marks. Laser Skin Resurfacing can peel off a layer of skin, allowing newer and hopefully stretch-free skin to grow back in its place. Laser Skin Rejuvenation, on the other hand, does not remove skin, but helps your body create new collagen. Stretch marks partially form because they’ve lost healthy collagen, and a laser procedure can help restore this. Even IPL Photofacial has proven somewhat effective for restoring collagen growth in stretch marks.

Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks

A deep exfoliation like Microdermabrasion can do wonders on newer, more superficial stretch marks. Microdermabrasion, however, has little effect on deeper, white stretch marks.

Topical Creams and Chemical Peels

Both topical creams and chemical peels have worked in treating stretch marks. Vitamin A creams and Glycolic peels have proven effectiveness. Both can increase light sensitivity, so be sure to use sunscreen while using either.