Advanced Stretch Mark Removal
Whether it's stretch marks from pregnancy, puberty, steroid use or weight gain—stretch marks cause us to be self conscious about our skin, and they can be difficult to treat if you don't know about today's most effective stretch mark removal treatments.
Which brings us back to your question: How can I get rid of my stretch marks?
While you're mother may have told you to use cocoa butter for stretch mark removal, there has been little proof showing that slathering your skin with this lotion will actually provide long term results.
If you're interested in a natural, topical solution, you might want to consider Gotu Kola extract, lotions containing natural collagen, and Vitamin E for stretch marks. These treatments happen to be the only natural remedies to show proven results through clinical studies.
Purchasing an over-the-counter stretch mark removal cream or lotion is definitely a more cost effective treatment, but the results can be hit or miss. Many people will tell you they've experienced great results with a certain cream or oil, while others will say their bottle of Vitamin E is collecting dust in their medicine cabinet.
So if you've taken the over-the-counter route and it doesn't work for you, you'll want to consider how much you're willing to spend for advanced stretch mark removal, and how many treatments you're willing to undergo. For example, heavy duty microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacial (intense pulsed light therapy), and laser stretch mark removal have become extremely popular (and many of our guests have given us positive feedback about their results).
However these treatments are subustantially more expensive than any cream you'll buy at a drug or department store (Stri-Vectin® for example), and they require at least three treatments.
Perhaps the newest treatment for removing stretch marks is known as fractional laser resurfacing (often branded as FRAXEL for stretch mark removal). In a clinical study that took place this year, 5-6 treatments smoothed and faded stretch marks up to 75%. In a nutshell, the treatment works by emitting short pulses of light to the affected area, causing it to damage the skin (at the microscopic level), stimulating new collagen growth to fill in the stretch marks and restore the skin's elasticity.
And as a more invasive alternative, more patients than ever are turing to a surgical tummy tuck for stretch mark removal.
Most commonly sought after by those who experience stretch marks from weight gain; tummy tuck surgery serves a dual purpose: A. It can remove excess skin around the abdominal wall. B. Stretch marks are exised or removed along with the extra tissue, resulting in a smoother, flatter, stretch mark free stomach.
Things to Consider for Stretch Mark Removal
- Treat Stretch Marks Early
Whether you've just had a baby, have undergone significant weight loss, or experienced stetch marks from puberty, the first thing we'll ask anyone when they call us about treatment is: "How old are your stretch marks?" Although it is possible to fade stretch marks that are silvery white and faded, you'll expereince the best results when they are fresh and purple-pink in color. Also, the age of your marks will determine what treatment will be effective for you.
- Keep Your Skin Moisturized
While creams, lotions, and oils can fade existing stretch marks, they rarely get rid them. However, keeping your skin moisturized can prevent existing stretch marks from getting worse, and they can strop future stretch marks from developing. This is when your mom's advice comes in handy! Whether it's cocoa butter or any other high quality cream or lotion....slather up!
- Have Realistic Expectations for Treatment
Any reputable laser clinic, medical spa, or plastic surgeon will give you a realistic idea of what you can expect from your treatments. Whether it involves laser or IPL therapy, dermabrasion or fractional resurfacing—you will require more than one teratment. With this in mind, if a provider tells you they can get rid of your stretch marks in one shot, you should probably pursue a second opinion. To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend you purchase laser treatments in bulk, and ask for before and after pictures of patients who have undergone the same procedure and the same number of treatments.
- Medical Grade & Prescription Retinoids
It's not uncommon for your provider to recommend or prescribe medical grade topical treatments or a prescription stretch mark removal cream to be used in conjunction with advanced therapy. Prescriptions containing darutoside and registril are the most common.
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