You just want to get your skin back to looking like it once was. But is this possible? Can anything be done? Some people will go to extreme lengths such as surgery. But this isn’t always needed.
There are a number of ways in which stretch marks can be reduced. These ways usually depend on a number of factors such as how long they’ve been on the skin for, how much you want to spend and how quickly you want results.
Nevertheless, it is important to consult a physician or dermatologist before embarking on any serious type of stretch mark treatment. Don’t jump straight into invasive treatments without doing proper research.
Here are our top 5 tips to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:
1. Do Your Research
It’s important to find out the cause of the stretch marks. Some of the most common causes of stretch marks include pregnancy, growth spurts, rapid increase in muscles, weight gain or loss, or just genetics. Generally, stretch marks are not harmful to one’s health but their unattractive nature is the main reason to want to have them removed. If you know where they come from you can perhaps alter your lifestyle to prevent getting them again in the future. Prevention is better than treatment!
If the stretch marks are still fresh (which means six weeks or less), using skin creams may prove to be beneficial in reducing them. The creams which can be bought at pharmacies without a prescription are to be applied on a regular basis until the stretch marks begin to fade and eventually become less visible. However, for better results tretinoin cream is the best option even though it needs to be prescribed by a doctor.
The properties of the cream help to rebuild collagen thus resulting in the healing of the skin. It’s good to start off with creams – some people jump straight into unnecessary invasive treatments. They’re also good for making the skin well hydrated and supple – this may help prevent them during pregnancy.
Stretch marks that have been on the skin for a long time can be removed using microdermabrasion. The treatment resurfaces the skin using crystals that are blasted onto the skin and vacuumed back to remove dead cells and promote the growth of new skin. This is also a non invasive treatment which isn’t as expensive as some of the other procedures.
The promotion of the growth of collagen as well as elastin is important when removing stretch marks and this is what pulsed laser therapy offers. The treatment is quite a natural way to get rid of the marks because it encourages natural tissue growth. A skilled professional can really make your stretch marks look better using a laser treatment.
Usually stretch marks will get better with time. So it’s a bit of a waiting game sometimes. On some people they can pretty much fade completely and with others time won’t do too much to help. Unfortunately this depends on the person. However typically speaking the marks won’t look as bad a year later after you first get them.
Finally, it is important to note that stretch marks cannot usually be 100% eliminated from the skin completely but they can be treated to the point where are almost gone or not easily visible.