Stretch Mark Removal
One of the most stressful things about summer is the idea of your stretch marks taking center stage in front of friends and family. In the colder months, we can easily hide our figure flaws, but come summertime, the skimpier clothes and bathing suits do very little in the way of coverage. Now is the time to think about stretch mark removal. If you have stretch marks, you know what we’re talking about. Those white and silver lines on our body can be embarrassing and unsightly. Most over the counter products on the market for stretch mark removal actually do no do much at all. So whats the best way to get rid of stretch marks? The good news is that you do have options!
Stretch Mark Removal for New Moms
If you are a fan of Keeping up with Kardashians, then you probably caught a recent episode where Kim Kardashian goes to the doctor to have the stretch marks on her breasts removed with a laser. Kardashian, a new mom, acquired stretch marks during her pregnancy. She’s not alone. Many women have pregnancy to thank for stretch marks on their bellies and breasts.
When we gain weight at a fast rate, as in pregnancy, the skin expands at a rapid rate and stretch marks form. It’s impossible to predict just who will get stretch marks during pregnancy and who will not. Genetics play a role, as does the age of the birth mother. New moms should wait until they are not pregnant or nursing to pursue any methods of stretch mark removal.
Topical Stretch Mark Removal Methods
Getting rid of stretch marks is not an easy feat, yet those on a mission to clear the skin of the white and silver marks can find some solutions that work. The trick is not to waste money on topical products with big marketing claims that they will treat stretch marks, many times those products will not do anything at all. Instead of wasting money, ask your dermatologist for a prescription containing topical retinol or a glycolic acid to help speed up cell turnover and rid of stretch marks.
Laser Stretch Mark Removal Options
There are several ways to use laser treatments to get rid of your stretch marks. To treat and target red or purple stretch marks, the KTP laser has shown significant results. The KTP laser will destroy blood vessels that have been damaged. If your stretch marks are white or silver, the most effective treatment is going to be fractional CO2 lasers or Fraxel laser. Both fractional CO2 laser and Fraxel work by poking microscopic holes in the skin, which boosts collagen production. This in turn rejuvenates the areas that have stretch marks on the skin, leading to a major improvement in the overall look and feel of the skin.