There are various over-the-counter creams and lotions that claim to naturally reduce stretch marks with the assistance of topically applied chemicals. But the truth is, there is very little research supporting or debunking these claims, regardless of their method of targeting stretch marks.
Fortunately, there are treatments that actually work on the otherwise permanent marks on your skin.
What Are Stretch Marks?
The skin is composed of three layers, and although it’s not apparent, it’s constantly growing like your hair and nails do.
The epidermis is the side that’s exposed, the dermis lies in between, and the subcutaneous layer is simply fat. When the body expands quickly, the skin can’t stretch quickly enough and the layers tear.
Fresh stretch marks are red or purple, while old ones are white or silver coloured.
Laser Stretch Mark Removal is the Best Option
Stretch mark removal by laser is the treatment of choice by consumers everywhere considering cost and effectiveness.
Generally speaking, lasers used in cosmetic treatments or medical procedures work by removing skin or other bodily tissue.
On the other hand, laser stretch mark removal works through ablation.
The laser beam is composed of high-energy ultraviolet light that disrupts molecular bonds in the stretch mark, and the tissue undergoes minor disintegration. The healing process means new skin will form, erasing traces of bumps and discoloration.
Remove Loose, Stretched Out Skin with a Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an involved procedure that removes loose skin and excess fat from the lower torso.
There are variations on the surgery, but a full procedure involves an incision from hip to hip, leaving a scar that sits below the belt line.
Laser stretch mark removal involves the gradual fading of scars, but it’s also possible to remove the problematic area as well.
For people who have had dramatic weight loss, it’s common that their skin sags and has stretch marks. With a tummy tuck, the stretch marked skin can be removed, eliminating the problem altogether.
Using Other Skin Treatments for Stretch Mark Removal
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are popular procedures for wrinkles, age spots, and other skin imperfections. These highly effective treatments have been used for stretch mark removal, and while it’s been shown to have some effect, although it may not be able to penetrate the skin as deeply as a laser.
Depending on the severity of the stretch mark, microdermabrasion and chemical peels may be enough to achieve an improved appearance.
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