The most common patients for stretch mark removal procedures are women who have recently given birth. Stretch marks occur the skin is stretched beyond its limit and tiny tears appear in the supporting layers of skin. These tiny tears are stretch marks that appear as glossy, white streaks in the skin. According to statistics, about three in four women will develop stretch marks on their legs, abdomen, hips, and other areas of the body affected by weight gain during pregnancy.Althoughstretch marks are difficult to remove completely there are a wide array of effective treatments that can lessen the appearance of stretch marks.

Natural Ways For Stretch Mark Removal

Diet should contain foods that promote skin health such as foods high in Vitamins A, C, and D, zinc and protein. Also maintain skin moisture by drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Cocoa butter is a good prevention as well as treatment for stretch marks. However, this is only effective right after child delivery since the belly is just starting to shrink. It can still be moisturised and regain elasticity before it becomes worse. Aside from cocoa butter, you can also use pure vitamin E oil. This is known to be an effective agent for stretch mark removal.

Tretinoin is another method of treating early stretch marks. If cocoa butter seems not to be effective anymore you can use this if the stretch mark is already a few months old, and it can no longer be removed by cocoa butter. This can be bought under the prescription of your doctor. However, you must not use this if you are breastfeeding.

The Stretch Mark Removal Procedures

Laser Treatment
Laser therapy is effective in removingstretch marks because it repairs the skin’s natural synthesis of collagen. Collagen is a protein rich compound occurring in the body that repairs and rejuvenates skin tissue. Cosmetic laser treatment for stretch marks works to stimulate renewed growth of depleted collagen.

This is the usual, simple procedure which typicallyneeds little or no recovery time. This process works best while the stretch marks are still reddish. However, it can still reduce the appearance of stretch marks which already turned white. It removes damaged skin tissue, seals broken blood vessels and repairs the fibres of the middle skin. This helps in filling the stretch marks. This can, however, be a relatively expensive option.

Microdermabrasion
If nothing else has worked to eliminate your stretch marks, microdermabrasion has been shown tobe effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Each session lasts from thirty minutes to an hour. Twelve treatments are required for maximum results, two to three weeks apart. There?s no pain, no peeling, and no redness, either during the procedure, or after. It is a non-invasive procedure that greatly reduces stretch marks.

Surgery
Obviously,this procedure is extremely expensive and risky, with no guarantee whatsoever. Do not be surprised if things go worse for you than how they were before the surgery. You will be left with scars around the belly button and across the lower stomach. This is not an out-patient minor surgery and, like all surgical procedures, it carries risks and recovery takes several weeks.

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