Stretch Marks: Common Treatment Options
Stretch marks are a very common occurrence that can appear at anytime during pregnancy or adolescence, or even after having had sudden weight fluctuations. If you want you can spend time and money trying to prevent them, but most of the time the odds are stacked against you.
Genetics has a strong influence in the development of stretch marks, which means that if one of your parents has stretch marks, then it's highly likely you will develop them as well. In cases such as this, the best thing you can do is find a good treatment option and deal with the issue as soon as possible.
Getting Rid of Stretch Marks
Laser therapy is probably one of the most common ways of treating stretch marks as well as other skin problems. This procedure is almost painless and requires little downtime. If you choose this option, you doctor will recommend the type of laser that is best suited for your situation.
When considering this type of treatment there are three types of lasers that may be used: ablative, non-ablative and fractional. Non-ablative lasers bypass the epidermis and only treat the dermis, while ablative lasers remove every skin cell they touch. Another type of laser known as a fractional laser uses a scattered beam and does not cause damage to the cells surrounding the treated area.
Resurfacing techniques are good treatment options for stretch marks. These include chemical peels and dermabrasion. Chemical peels use different acids to remove skin layers while dermabrasion relies on an abrasive wand and micro-crystals to eliminate the epidermis. Both chemical peels and dermabrasion require the use of anesthesia and a few weeks of downtime.
These options are not suitable for people with sensitive skin as they are quite aggressive on the skin. It is possible that a light chemical peel can work on sensitive skin, but the process will be more extensive. In fact, if you have sensitive skin you might consider a microdermabrasion treatment that uses bicarbonate crystals.
If you're looking for a more gentle option, stretch marks creams are a great option for you. You can also use these creams during pregnancy to help reduce the possibility of developing stretch marks, however, keep in mind that because they are creams they will take a little longer to produce results.
One way of insuring the use of a highly effective stretch mark cream is by using one that contains special natural ingredients, such as rose hip seed oil or snail serum. Both of these ingredients will promote the dissolution of scar tissue and boost the production of new cells and collagen.
Keep in mind, that surgery is the only way to completely remove stretch marks. But the previously mentioned options can dramatically change the look of your skin. Some forms of treatment may take a little longer, but they will all help minimize the appearance of stretch and make them almost trivial.
BIOBODYCREAM is a natural skin care product that can be used for both stretch marks removal and stretch marks prevention. It contains snail serum which is the key ingredient in helping make this product gentle enough for all skin types yet potent enough to help prevent and treat pregnancy stretch marks.
Published March 22nd, 2010
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